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Mrs. Christie B Grabis

Faculty Information

Department(s)
Admin/Staff, All Faculty
Title(s)
Assistant Head of School

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
410 758-0620

Education

Degree(s)
B.A. Roanoke College
M.A. University of North Carolina
MSDE Advanced Professional Certification

Other Information

Employed Since
1984
Biography

Christie Grabis has been an educator for forty years. She earned her B.A. in French with a concentration in education from Roanoke College and her MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught French in the public school system in North Carolina before arriving at Gunston in 1984 where she has taught French, Ethics, and The Gunston Experience classes and coached field hockey, basketball, and softball. During her tenure at Gunston, Christie has fulfilled the administrative roles of Director of Studies, Dean of Students, and Assistant Head of School. She enjoys Gunston’s extracurricular program and advises the Mental Health Awareness Club and actively participates in the Student Diversity Leaders Group, the Environmental Club, and NHS. Christie is currently a Commissioner on the AIMS Committee on Accreditation and she holds professional certifications with MSDE, Mental Health First Aid, and Adolescent Depression Awareness. Outside of the Gunston community, Christie serves on a number of local boards and promotes programs focused on mental health and wellness. Christie fills her downtime with running, biking, kayaking, and beachcombing. Christie was born and raised in Rock Hall, Maryland where she grew up playing in and around the water—a passion that continues to shape her life.

FAVORITE PROJECT YOU'VE EVER ASSIGNED AND WHY?

Ethics Slam - an annual demonstration of mastery in Ethics Class; This oral assessment is modeled on the National Ethics Bowl; The class is divided into teams and there is a moderator. Each team analyzes complex moral dilemmas applying learning gained throughout the class, stating and defending a position on each case. The other teams have the opportunity ask clarifying questions, expand on observations, and provide constructive criticism. Teams earn points by incorporating prior knowledge effectively, articulating clear and comprehensive responses, and interacting respectfully with one another. This exercise, which takes place during the semester examination period, is student-led and student facilitated. It is rewarding to observe the students engage in deep and meaningful discussion around real life issues for two solid hours.

WHAT IS THE #1 THING YOU WANT STUDENTS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THEIR TIME IN YOUR CLASS?

Respect is fundamental to building positive, productive relationships at the individual, group, and societal levels. Respect requires us to be informed, to walk in another's shoes, to grow from our disagreements, and to care.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Google Educator Level 1
  • Apple Teacher Certification

    RECENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • One Schoolhouse Courses: Continuity in Crisis: Planning for Administrators; Continuity in Crisis; Academic Leadership for Hybrid Learning: Protecting Student Mental Health
    • Professional Webinars (NAIS, AIMS, One Schoolhouse, NASSP, etc.) on safely reopening schools in a pandemic, DEI, SEL, Race and Racism in Education, Anit-Racism, Bystander Intervention