University of Arizona -
Christina Rivera is a recipient of the 2011 National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowship. In Fall 2011 she will begin doctoral studies in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona in the area of Deaf Education. Christina holds a BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and an MA in Special Education and Rehabilitation, Deaf Education from the University of Arizona. Christina has 18 years of experience in the field through the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind where she has served as a Middle School Teacher, Itinerant Teacher, Sign Language Instructor, Parent Advisor, and Supervising Teacher. In addition, she has served on several school improvement and agency committees such as Writing Assessments, Math Curriculum, and Middle School Curriculum Development. She has also served as a Structured English Immersion Trainer. She holds Arizona certification for Elementary Education, Hearing Impairment, and Supervision, and is currently seeking National Interpreter Certification. Her research interests include second language acquisition in DHH students, reading comprehension strategies for DHH students, and support service delivery to DHH students in general education programs.