Career Highlights

UBC Indigenous Math Education Network

Click here to read the full feature. Truly an honour to have my work and practice acknowledged at UBC.

Open Schools BC – Ministry of Education

Math Video Project (2019) – Focussing on Competencies

Author and co-author of the following learning activities:

“Will the salmon return?” – Math 9 and Statistics 12
“Exploring the bentwood box” – Math 8, Workplace 10/11, Apprenticeship Math 12

These activities focussed on the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

TEDxWestVancouverED 2017

“Alignment” (Find Your Place)

Presented at TEDxWestVancouverED on September 23, 2017

To watch, click HERE.




First Journal Publication – Published: April 2019

Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, No.188 (2019)

Title of the Study: British Columbia School Trustees’ Use of Research and Information Seeking in Decision Making

Dr. Daniel Laitsch, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Christine Ho Younghusband, Simon Fraser University

Live Radio with Steven Hurley – November 26, 2020

An early morning interview sparked by a conversation we had at EdCan. 

Shaun Pepper Podcast – February 19, 2020

Dr. Christine Younghusband – Helping Tomorrow’s Teachers Find Their Jam and Purpose (#12)

It was really great to reconnect with Shaun during this podcast. He’s a form high school math student. He became a certified teacher himself and also earned a Masters Degree in EdTech. It was fun to chat about education and what’s important.

UNBC School of Education – Redesign Committees

Member of the UNBC School of Education B.Ed. Redesign Committee

Graduate Programs Redesign Committee (Leadership Academic Lead)

Upon joining the UNBC School of Education in 2018, I had the amazing opportunity to join the BEd and MEd Redesign Committees under the leadership of UBC-O Assistant Professor Emeritus, Dr. Susan Crichton. This was an opportunity to reimagine and revitalize the BEd and MEd programs at UNBC. We will be implementing in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Committee Members

Teachers on Fire: Episode 120 (January 2020)

Dr. Christine Younghusband РAssessment, Weaving, and Relationships 

Thank you Tim Cavey for inviting me to be part of podcast. It was my first. Love the framework, love the questions. I encourage educators to listen to “Teachers On Fire.” This is Tim’s passion and I love listening to other educators and their passion. What an incredible learning experience for me. Share your learning. Share your passion.

Episode 120 – Dr. Christine Younghusband

Open Schools BC – Math Video Project (2019/2020)

Ministry of Education. Writing senior math activities that reflected BC’s Curriculum and First People’s Principles of Learning; and learning activities that focussed on First Peoples curricular competencies and local context. The design process looked for math embedded.

  • Exploring the Bentwood Box
    • Math 8
    • Workplace Mathematics 10, 11 & Apprenticeship Mathematics 12
  • The Salmon Returns
    • Interdisciplinary: Math 9, Science 9, Social Studies 9
  • Will the Salmon Return?
    • Interdisciplinary: Statistics 12, BC First Peoples 12, Environmental Science 12, Specialized Science 12, English First Peoples 12

CFUR Presents: The Abstract – March 12, 2020

Episode 5: Learning To Teach with Dr. Christine Ho Younghusband

Interviewed by UNBC Grad Students Kristen Kieta and Jeremy Morris. Talking about BC Education and the redesigned B.Ed. Teacher Education Program at UNBC, which was recently approved and will be implemented in the Fall 2020. Exciting times in BCED.

Link to Interview

British Columbia School Trustee Association Trustee Study Highlights the Importance of Local Information

Leader Issue 28: The Education Leader (online publication) – September 2019

Dr. Daniel Laitsch (principal investigator) and myself (graduate research assistant) engaged in a research study that looked at how BC school trustees access research and acquire the knowledge to make decisions. BCSTA shared highlights of this study on their online journal, the Education Leader, to give back to participants and inform practice.

Trustee Study Highlights Importance of Local Information

FNESC Math Teachers Resource Guide – Revisions 2019

I feel honoured and humbled to be invited to be a part of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) writing team to revisit the FNESC/FNSA Math Teachers Resource Guide to update and revise in light of BC’s Curriculum and where we are today. This was rigorous work and although we made progress, there is much work to do. I learned so much from my colleagues and this work is rigorous and I have much work to do. I hope to write about this experience and my pedagogical journey (so far) with building my cultural competency and understandings of First Peoples in BC and Canada.

TEDxWestVancouverED – September 2017 – ALIGNMENT

Finding your place in the education system.
Where is your best fit? How are we all aligned?

Thank you Craig Cantile (SD45) for this opportunity. I remember practicing and my feedback was… “you’re too serious… sounds like a lecture.” Fair enough. Changed my approach, but in hindsight, would change it again. That said, this was an interesting time in my pedagogical journey and it foreshadowed change. Finding alignment and my place in education has been a 20-year plus journey. I will continue my journey and now I am an Assistant Professor primarily teaching in Teacher Education. Who would have thought that? Not me. I am sure I will be writing that book and will do so much more.

Math K-9 Curriculum Development Team (2013-2016)

Working on the Math K-9 Curriculum Development Team was an exemplar of serendipity. I just completed working on Math Embedded: A Tribute to Susan Point with Kerry Mahlman and encouraged to present at the UBC Aboriginal Math K-12 Symposium. I was then invited back in 2013 to be a keynote speaker. Members of the Ministry of Education were at this event and I was invited to be on the Math K-10 Curriculum Development Team. I was a member of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT) Executive and this was an opportunity to collaborate and share my expertise as a BC mathematics educator.

#bcedchat Co-moderator on Twitter since 2013

I’ve had the joy and pleasure of being a part of the #bcedchat co-moderator team since 2013. We provide a conversation online every Sunday at 7pm PST to engage in professional dialogue and learning that relate to BC Educators. The co-moderator has expanded overtime from its original founders, Victoria Olsen (SD35) and Bryn Williams (SD43). Here is a link to see the entire mod-team and grateful for our PLN and all of the work we do.

Pulling Together Canoe Journey – 2010, 2011, 2012

Following our project together on Math Embedded, I was invited to be a member of the SD46 Spirit Canoe Crew in 2010 to 2012 on the Pulling Together Canoe Journey where relationships between Aboriginal youth and the police are built on this 7-day voyage in BC waters. The Canoe has many lessons to share as well as the people from the Pulling Together Family and members of the communities we visit. I kept a blog for our 2011 and 2012 canoe journeys. To read these, go to the Pulling Together page on this website.

Math Embedded: A Tribute to Susan Point (2009)

Co-developed a Math 8 project with SD46 Aboriginal Education District Principal, Kerry Mahlman to explore local Indigenous Education, Mathematics, and Fine Arts in a self-directed, personalized and make a tribute to Coast Salish artist Susan Point to demonstrate their learning of rotational and linear symmetry (Math 8/9 IRP, 2009).

Teaching EDUC 434 at SFU Burnaby Campus (2017)

Transitioning to higher education and learning how to teach pre-service teachers, I had the opportunity to teach as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and St. Mark’s College (SMC). At SFU, I was asked one year if I would be willing to teach EDUC 434 – Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Education. This was a little out of my expertise and scope but accepted the contract as an opportunity to explore BC’s Curriculum, Environmental Education, and numeracy across the curriculum. Thank you to this crew at the Burnaby Campus who were willing to play, explore, and learn with me.

Teaching Math at Chatelech Secondary (1994 – 2010)

This is where my career in education began. Nothing perfect, but I only have good memories of teaching secondary mathematics from grades 8 to 12 (including calculus) to high school students. They taught me so much about teaching and learning. I love teaching mathematics and super excited of the possibilities BC’s Curriculum can provide to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Here we are playing Math Olympics in Math 12. My students are my greatest supporters. Thank you for being you!!!

Serving as a School Trustee in SD46 (2011 – 2018)

Leaving public education was never easy… but appreciated being a part of the School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) Board of Education for 2-terms. During that time, I served for 3-years on the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Board of Directors as Director. Serving on the Board was a learning experience that provided me with a “big picture” perspective on BC Education, leadership, policy and politics. During this time, I completed my dissertation, met many incredible people, and contributed to BC Education and student learning experiences from a place of governance, locally and provincially.

Successfully defending my dissertation (August 17, 2017)

I never thought this would happen. I successfully defended my dissertation, with minor revisions. My revisions were so minor that I addressed them that night and submitted my final draft to my supervisor, Dr. Daniel Laitsch, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, the morning after. I celebrated with my examining committee, which included my committee member Dr. Robin Brayne, and with my family. It was a very good day.

Presenting my dissertation at a poster at HICE 2018

Transforming my dissertation to research poster for the Hawaii International Conference on Education 2018. Loved the learning experience and celebrating my work in Honolulu.