NCC Names Christina Lincoln as Director of Education
Christina M. Lincoln of Easton has been named director of education at Northampton Community College (NCC). According to Dr. Elizabeth Bugaighis, dean of education and academic success at Northampton, this position brings all of NCC's associate degree programs in education into a unified structure, "giving strength to our teacher education programs and even greater opportunities for cross-collaboration." Lincoln will also oversee Northampton's nationally accredited child care centers and the College's continuing education offerings for educators.
Before joining the staff at Northampton in 2002, Lincoln was a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, curriculum coordinator and child care center director. She served as coordinator of child care services at Northampton for five years before being named to the education faculty in 2007.
According to Bugaighis, she was selected to lead Northampton's education programs because of her previous experience, her involvement in education organizations at the state and national levels, and because "she is well-respected by her students and colleagues. She is caring and compassionate. She approaches her work in a collaborative manner, cross-departmentally and cross-divisionally."
Lincoln earned her bachelor's degree in education at The Pennsylvania State University and a master's in education with specialization in early childhood education at East Stroudsburg University. Her thesis focused on the effects of an arts-based curriculum on pre-school children's creative thinking.
Northampton's programs in early childhood, middle education, secondary education and special education serve as an important pipeline into teacher certification programs. Graduates work as teachers, administrators and aides in public and private elementary and secondary schools and in child care centers throughout the country.