About

Discover fab flavors, explore cool places, and savor learning with this funky professor!

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About Christine Rai:

Christine Rai is a college professor in the Washington, D.C. area with a passion for food studies and experiential learning. A food nerd, she loves learning more in her kitchen, garden, and travels. Above all, Christine enjoys sharing adventures with her husband and two daughters. She collaborates with area businesses and organizations to design and provide dynamic tours and talks on food, culture, folklore, and more.

Christine is available for speaking, teaching, and leading travel experiences. Fill out the contact form to get in touch.

Hungry for more? Keep reading below.

Taste

One of Christine’s central passions is food: tasting, cooking, and growing. She enjoys cooking vegan and non-vegan dishes inspired by her travels and visits to international groceries. Christine has been working on and off for a few years on developing Sunny Sauce, her own hot sauce made from peppers and herbs grown in her garden.

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An early incarnation of Christine’s potager, planted with herbs, vegetables, flowers, and fruit.

Travel

Christine’s love for travel was sparked at an early age by family travels across the US in a motorhome and her older brother’s entrancing tales of travel to Hong Kong. She enjoys traveling domestically with her family while seeking authentic experiences. In 2016 Christine traveled to Rome, Italy for a study abroad leader training and to France for a short term study abroad experience with a group of 15 from her college. She is currently planning a food and culture themed trip to Italy in January 2020 that will pair with a cultural competency course.

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At a cafe with study abroad students in the Marais neighborhood of Paris

Teach 

Teaching is a key part of Christine’s identity; she has been an educator for almost 20 years and has taught preschool, middle school, high school, college, professional development, and modeling. She utilizes a student-centered, active learning model, guided by principles of Universal Design. Christine infuses experiential learning opportunities in all her classes, including service learning, field trips, and cooking demonstrations. She currently is an English faculty member at Frederick Community College.

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Christine’s food-themed English 101 class on a field trip to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in NY.

Media

Read more about what Christine’s been up to:

“The Ghosts of the Monocacy”

“Crisafulli’s Hosts ‘Book Tasting’ to Explore French Cheeses”

“A Living History: Lavender Then and Now Tells a Tantalizing Tale”

Recap: 6th Annual Omid Foundation Gala in Washington, DC 

“FCC Group Donates Nearly 900 Items to Rescue Mission”

“FCC Class Pairs Literature and Film with Experiential Learning”

Awards & Honors

Thanks so much for the support and recognition <blushes>:

*Meatless Monday official blogger, 2018

*Graduating class commencement presenter, Frederick Community College, 2017

*Dr. Carol Eaton Innovation Award, Frederick Community College, 2016

*Outstanding Part Time Faculty Award, Montgomery College, 2014

*S.O.S. Creativity and Innovation Award, Montgomery College, 2012

Collaboration

Businesses and organizations I have had the pleasure of working with:

*Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop

*Soleado Lavender Farm

*C&O Canal Trust

*Heritage Montgomery

*Historic Medley District

*Big Cork Vineyard

*Alliance Francaise de Frederick

*Institute for Learning in Retirement at Frederick Community College

*Montgomery County Recreation’s Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation

Publication

Check out my published work:

“Outside the Classroom and Beyond the Campus: Community-Based Experiential Education” NISOD Innovation Abstracts, 2016

Memberships

Historic Medley District

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

 

 

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