Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.
Christine LaPorte ’07 of Oceanside, Calif., is recipient of the 2015 Young Alumnus Award for her accomplishments in education and for her faithful service to Millikin.
In August, LaPorte began teaching mathematics at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. She previously taught mathematics at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., from 2007-15. During her tenure, she designed and implemented two curriculum rewrites for several math courses, resulting in an increase in test scores and overall performance. She also held several school leadership roles, including Link Crew coordinator, interact advisor, Essential Elements of Instruction district teacher team leader and pageantry director. She also serves as a SuperCamp facilitator for Quantum Learning Network, where she teaches academic, life and career skills at teen-based summer camps across the U.S. and around the world.
LaPorte holds a professional membership in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She completed her single subject clear teaching credential in 2007 and a cross cultural, language and academic development certification in 2008 from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
A Presidential Scholar, LaPorte earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics secondary education at Millikin. She was an active campus leader, serving as president of BreakAway, Millikin’s alternative break program; president of Pi Mu Epsilon honorary national mathematics society; student representative for the Council on Student and Academic Standards and vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Sigma Zeta national science and mathematics honor society, MilliSTAT (Millikin Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) and Alpha Lambda Delta national honors fraternity. She served as a student ambassador for Admission Corps and was a resident assistant. She received numerous awards during her Millikin career, including the Student-Alumni Relations Award, Global Issues Student Award and the Student Spotlight Award.
Since graduation, LaPorte has served her alma mater as a fundraising class agent, Career Connections alumni speaker, Homecoming reunion chair and volunteer mentor. Each year since graduation, she has supported The Millikin Fund for Student Scholarships.
LaPorte enjoys traveling internationally and has visited 12 countries and three continents, including a Millikin immersion trip to India in 2006. She is planning to join the World Youth Day Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, in July 2016. An active parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad, Calif., she also serves as a confirmation catechist and liturgical minister.