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Office Hours

Drop in:

7:00-7:45 am   Wed & Fri

3:30-4:30pm    Wednesday


Also available by appointment.

Cristal Burkhart Locker



Ms Burkhart

I fell in love with the ocean in fifth grade when I went to a summer camp on Catalina Island. I went on to earn my Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, I was unsure what I wanted to do, so I took an internship at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The internship lasted three months, which was enough time for me to realize I did not want to pursue a career in husbandry (the care of animals), but rather in education. I loved to teach people about the things in the ocean. To make sure teaching was the right fit for me, I took a job as a teaching assistant at a middle school in Long Beach. I quickly realized that teaching was what I loved most and went on to get my teaching credential at CSU Long Beach. I then started my first year teaching, very excited and full of ideas, at VAPA in 2009 teaching ICS and Biology. I expressed interest in teaching Marine Biology at the school, and in 2010 I developed the Marine Biology program. I now have my dream job, teaching both Biology and Marine Biology at this amazing school. I recently completed a Master's degree in Science Education at CSU Long Beach. I am excited about this new phase in my teaching career and I look forward to many more years here at Grand Arts.