Christina B. Washington

Award Winning Scientist 

Author & STEM Education Advocate


Christina Washington has spent the past 20 years serving in various STEM and educational leadership roles. She is devoted to ensuring that children are exposed to quality STEM educational programs through informal learning opportunities. Through her passion for STEM, she created the Ms Pearl children's book series to get children excited about learning.  

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Ms Pearl Makes a Discovery 

2017 NYC Big Book Award 

Distinguished Favorite for Children's Literature

  • Explore chemical reactions and states of matter in this fascinating book! Readers will learn science terminology and be inspired to recreate kid-friendly experiments performed in the book.

Ms Pearl's Garden Surprise 

  • Will Ms Pearl solve the garden mystery in time for her birthday celebration? Readers will explore life science and the environment while witnessing Ms. Pearl's scientific problem solving. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 2017

Christina Washington is an esteemed Electrical Engineer, Physicist, Author, and STEM Education Advocate with over 20 years experience working in the STEM industry.  She has written and published several books including Ms Pearl Makes a Discovery, 2017 winner of the New York City Big Book Award for Children's Literature. Other titles include Ms Pearl's Garden Surprise, ACT Math Study Guide, and Electrical Engineering lab Manuals. Christina founded Innovative Learning Solutions in 2015 with the mission to improve academic performance and interest in STEM subjects by providing fun and educational programs for children. Young Scholars is the youth academic division of Innovative Learning Solutions and publisher of Christina's children's books. All books can be purchased on Amazon and by visiting www.Innovativelearning2.com/products

The Scientist

Christina Washington was interested in math and science from an early age, entering her first science fair as a second grader. “I was always tinkering around the house as a child, trying to figure out how and why things worked the way they did,” she says.


By the time she reached high school, her childhood hobby of tinkering had turned into a full-fledged passion for science. When her high school physics teacher noticed her aptitude and interest, he suggested that Christina pursue engineering. She took his advice and earned a NASA Scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at Clark Atlanta University. While at CAU, Christina worked as a Research Assistant for the Georgia Tech Research Institute and interned for the USDA Forest Services in Madison, WI.  Under the direction of Dr. Khalil Shujaee, she also co-authored 2 electrical engineering lab manuals. 


After finishing her undergraduate degree, Christina worked in server development at Dell Computer Corporation in Austin, TX for 3 years. Within this time, Christina assisted with the launch of 10 server products and gained immense experience in program management within a fast paced environment. At this point in her career, Christina wanted to use her science background to make a contribution to the medical field. She decided to pursue graduate school in Medical Physics at Cleveland State University while completing clinical training at the Cleveland Clinic. Christina worked as a Medical Physicist for almost 10 years, mentoring young scientists along the way. 

STEM Advocacy

In 2015, Christina founded Innovative Learning Solutions with the mission to improve academic performance and interest in STEM subjects by providing fun and educational programs for children. Young Scholars is the youth academic division of Innovative Learning Solutions and publisher of Christina's children's books.  Innovative Learning Solutions was started in Shreveport, Louisiana and expanded services to learning sites in Texas,  North Carolina, and Ohio.  Since inception, Young Scholars has impacted thousands of children with extracurricular program, summer camps, workshops, tutoring and test prep programs. 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Clark Atlanta University
  • Master of Science, Medical Physics, Cleveland State University
  • Project Management Certification Training, St Edwards University
  • Technology Management Professional Development Training

Professional Experience

  • Owner and Executive Director, Innovative Learning Solutions
  • Manager of Teen Learning & Innovation, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • STEM Education Consultant, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Medical Physicist, US Veteran's Health Administration
  • Electrical Engineer, Dell Computer Corporation
  • Biomedical Engineer, Steris Corporation

Honors & Awards

  • Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Top 40 Under 40 Professionals
  • US Army Material Command Award for Research
  • National Science Teacher’s Association, Informal Educator of the Year Nominee
  • Featured Scientist, American Physical Society
  • NYC Big Book Award, Distinguished Favorite, Children’s Literature
  • Dell Computer Corporation, Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Clark Atlanta University, Outstanding Service Award

Speaking Engagements & Author Visits

Christina Washington is available for speaking engagements, author visits, and book signings. Click here to request this service.

BOOK REVIEWS

"Delightfully informative.... cute, cheery look.... an optimistic feel"

Oak Tree Book Reviews

"Ms. Pearl Makes a Discovery" has such a creative way of engaging children to explore science. Children are encouraged to see the fun in science by following the example of the exciting characters that reinforce STEAM learning.

Robin Williams, Amazon Customer