Prior to this position, Corinne Christiansen was the assistant director for the MIT Academy High School in Vallejo, CA. Before leaving the classroom as a full-time teacher, Corinne taught for more than 26 years in Japan, California, and Utah. Corinne also co-founded the New Leaf Leadership Academy and Empowering Educators, programs within the New Leaf Collaborative, a non-profit organization that brings environmental education and holistic learning to young people and educators throughout the Bay Area. Corinne believes that every student wants to succeed but may not know how. She sees her job as helping her students gain the strategies and skills that will help them become successful in class, in the community, and in their future.