Christine Maloney is celebrating her first-year anniversary as an NCGE member this month! Christine is a Program Manager at Reach the World, a global education enrichment program headquartered in New York City. Reach the World’s mission is to build, deploy and evaluate a global mentorship platform to connect students to volunteer world travelers; through a highly-structured, Standards-based program of web-based journalism and videoconferences, Reach the World students go on virtual journeys with their global mentors and expand their worldview in the process.
“Joining NCGE is the best way to stay current in the geography education field,” says Christine. “As a member, I am able to engage with a network of like-minded professionals. The webinar series is my favorite resource!”
Christine developed a passion for geography through travel and teaching. After earning her B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University, Christine taught high school anthropology and sociology at West Island College International Class Afloat, a unique traveling school aboard a 200-foot tall ship. With Class Afloat, Christine completed two 8-month voyages, stopping at 45 ports of call and traveling over 30,000 nautical miles.
“It was through teaching anthropology that I realized how frequently the foundation to answer, ‘Why?’ hinges on an understanding of geography. A basic overview of local geography was the best introduction to each new port because it served as a window to my students’ comprehension of local industries and culture. We practiced a comparative study of geography and analyzed significance at every step of the journey.”
At Reach the World, Christine is able to continue to work in the field of global education. “I think understanding where you are is empowering,” she explains. “Reach the World students are able to vicariously access a comparative perspective. It is inspiring to participate in students’ discovery of both the local and the global.”