A former middle school English teacher, I completed my BA at UC Berkeley, my M.Ed. at UCLA, and my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I've worked as a tutor, an adjunct professor at a university where I taught Creative Writing, and was Managing Editor for Black Mountain Institute's award-winning literary magazine, Witness. I'm currently a memoir reader for Split Lip magazine, and a mentor with Write Girl.
Here's what some people are saying about working with me. Comments were submitted anonymously through surveys and formal evaluations.
"Christina is one of the most compassionate people I know! She's reliable, kind, and knows how to get [people] writing."
"Professor Berke is the kindest professor I've had. Her class is fun and is one I looked forward to. She is a fan of participation and group discussion. She establishes a comfortable learning setting and encourages questions. She is easily accessible during her office hours."
"Literally love the teacher, was so kind and generous. Focused on the students and is willing to help anyone. The class helped my writing and editing skills."
"Professor Berke is a literal ray of sunshine. She encourages everyone to participate and encourages a lot of team work. She is very detailed in her instructions and also very understanding."
"Professor Berke genuinely cared about each student, and she was very understanding as well. Her teaching style was great. Also, although this doesn't apply to the academic aspect of things, she was a genuinely kind person, which made it easier to learn from her."
"The professor was extremely flexible and understanding when it came to assignment submissions during the Covid crisis. She was passionate about the course and assigned writing projects that allowed students to challenge themselves and write about topics that interested them. Professor Berke was a great professor and I recommend her to anyone interested in taking English 102."
"Professor Berke naturally gives out a great vibe for a class to learn and sets the atmosphere for us for each class. She was very helpful in answering our questions and our well-being as well."
"[Her course] is perfect. Berke is extremely organized, emails back in a timely manner, and takes her time crafting up constructive feedback to give to her students regarding their assignments."
"It's a comfortable learning environment. Professor Berke really showed that she cared for her students, she always made herself available and incorporated many resources that helped with projects. Her instructions were clear and her class was always upbeat! She is a great professor."