St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School
Sister Christina Smith
Christmas Choir

Sister Christina Smith

​​Teacher, Third Grade


​Education: BA Social Science, Brandman University   
CTESL (certificate in teaching English as a second language), Trained Teacher Certificate in Science and Art Education, Diploma of Theology and Philosophy

Hometown: Apia, Samoa

Started at SRM: 2008

"I started my teaching career in my hometown, Apia, Samoa after graduating from the Teachers’ Training College in 1991. Third Grade was my first assigned class out in the field, and probably for this reason, I love teaching young children. After four years of teaching, I resigned from the public school system to take up my calling as a religious nun. I came to the realization that teaching is not just a job but a vocation, and that God has called me for his work of evangelization through teaching. I continued to teach in Catholic schools until I was asked to leave my country for a mission in Hanford. I started at St. Rose-McCarthy in 2008 by observing and substitute teaching. By 2009, I was assigned the Sixth Grade class. Currently, I am back to teaching the lower grades and I enjoy it very much! I love seeing children strive to learn new things. I also love seeing them practice their Catholic faith in prayer and attending Mass."