Our Founder: Dr. Alice Christie

Tynkertopia Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Alice Christie, has been an educator for the last 53 years. She taught in the K-12 arena for 20 years, was a professor of education at Arizona State University for 20+ years and spent 9 years traveling to 37 states to provide STEM education workshops to over 5000 PK-12 teachers. In 2017, she founded and self-funded Tynkertopia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Flagstaff, AZ.

Dr. Christie received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy and Educational Technology in 1995. She served first as assistant professor, then as associate professor at Arizona State University. She retired in 2008 as ASU President’s Professor Emerita. This designation is one of Arizona State University’s most prestigious faculty honors. It is designed to reward enthusiasm and innovation in teaching, the ability to inspire original and creative work by students, mastery of subject matter and scholarly contributions. Only 36 professors at ASU hold this title.

Dr. Alice Christie

Dr. Alice Christie: 2020 Viola Award Finalist

Dr. Christie was a 2020 Viola Awards Finalist for Excellence in Education. Dr. Christie has been an innovator in the use of technology to expand and deepen learning. Her educational website (www.alicechristie.org) annually receives over 2 million visitors who wish to use her myriad of resources about using technology to enhance their teaching and learning.

Viola Awards 2020

Dr. Christie is recognized globally as an educational leader and innovator. She is a Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Innovator. She received a number of ASU Awards including the Award for Teaching Excellence, the Award for Service Excellence, and the Outstanding Commitment to Students Award. In the spring of 2019, Alice was named Flagstaff STEAM Community Leader, an award given annually by STEM City in recognition of leadership to the Flagstaff community in Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics. Read more…

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