As the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Center for Early Learning Interim Director of Early Education, Christine Thorsteinson works to bridge the gaps between preschool and TK – 12 education systems in Silicon Valley. Recognizing the critical importance of early childhood education and its impact on future success, Christine strives to support communities in their efforts to develop on-going systems of communication and collaboration that provide a continuum of support for students and families from age three to third grade. She works to build capacity at the local and regional level, with a focus on developing early learning leadership and promoting preschool through 3rd grade partnerships.
Christine graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Education, with a specialization in secondary English and Mathematics. Previous work experience includes serving as the early learning program consultant for Pacifica School District, executive director of Pacifica School Volunteers and president of the Burlingame Community for Education foundation.
As a passionate believer in the importance of high quality public education she spends many of her free hours volunteering with local education initiatives. During the winter months Christine loves to spend her weekends on the slopes and in the summer she tries to find time for family and friends at her cottage in Canada. Christine makes her home in Burlingame, CA with her husband, two children and a labradoodle.