Riverview School District highlights ... Christina Malm

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Christina Malm is the lead CLIP teacher in the Riverview School District. Photo by Leanne Christensen
Christina Malm has been working in the Riverview School District for five years and is the lead CLIP (Contracted Learning for Individual Pacing) teacher.

The CLIP program is designed for high school students who find that the traditional high school environment doesn’t quite meet their individual needs. CLIP students are self starting, able to work independently, stay focused on the goal and able to take responsibility for and direct their own education.

The CLIP program, which is currently located on the Cedarcrest campus, will be changing locations next fall to the new Riverview Learning Center campus in Carnation.

"The new facility will be first class," says Christina, "and will allow teachers to expand on their inquiry based project learning concepts."

The new facility will also include the PARADE K-12 program and new full day program offering to students grades 7 – 10.

Prior to teaching, Christina worked for 20 years as an interior designer and also sold office furniture.

Her birthday is September 11th, and in 2001 she was deeply affected by the terrorist attacks; she felt that she should do something more important than "making sure people had all the filing cabinets they needed."

So, she decided to go back to school, and get her teaching certificate. She worked with a nonprofit group with at-risk students in a drop-out prevention/retention program for two years while receiving her certificate.

She is grateful to have found the CLIP program in Riverview which allows her to make a difference every day through teaching.

When asked about her position as the lead CLIP teacher, Christina explained, "I feel like I have the best job in the district! I get to work with 30 students at a time, no 30 in each class, but 30 over the length of the whole program. We have small class sizes, most with 10-12 students. This year CLIP is offering six different math classes; some classes are more like a private tutoring environment than that of a typical classroom. I have the opportunity to sit side-by-side with my students on a daily basis."

She continued, "My students receive elective credit for outside reading, horsemanship, hunting and fishing, youth group leadership, sketchbook and car repair, by spending time at the activity and completing writing and research projects in the interest area."

Christina is also always willing to consider other options and is able to design a class for the student if at all possible, and truly appreciates the opportunity to personalize each student’s educational experience.

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