Christine Scholma

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Education

M.A., Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2007
B.A., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2004

Associated Academic Programs

Special Education Education

“Teaching in a Christian school, I have been able to teach each student about their God-given gifts and talents and how they can use them to have an impact on the world around them.”

“God works through students to develop confidence in their strengths and move from being a passive receiver to living a life of active service to others in their school, home, and community,” said Christine Scholma.

Scholma’s world view is based on the understanding that God has created everyone for a purpose and has set every individual on a faith journey. Each decision students make, the work that they accomplish, and the interactions they have are acts of worship to God and his sovereignty.

“Diversity is beautiful and a lack of diversity can be quite bland,” said Scholma. “Our God is anything but bland! God has given me the opportunity to see how truly beautiful it can be to educate and serve a diverse population of students at Elim Christian School.”

As a Christian leader, Scholma believes one’s abilities should extend outside the classroom. She has used her leadership skills, musical talents, and teaching abilities to lead worship, serve as a youth group leader, take young adults on mission trips, and serve in children’s ministry.

“Teaching from a Reformed world view has helped me to influence other professionals, para-professionals, parents of students, volunteers, and undergraduate students completing their aiding and practicum hours,” she said. To her classroom she brings what she learned as an undergraduate and 11 years of experience in the field to help raise up new Christian leaders.

Scholma has demonstrated her world view in her own educational background. She has taught students with significant cognitive and physical disabilities requiring intensive interventions. These students have come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, each different and rich in culture and giftedness and having an impact on Scholma in various ways.

She considers each community outing, field trip, or interaction with others to be an opportunity to help her students receive the acceptance and respect that should be afforded to all people regardless of ability.

“I would describe myself as a lifelong learner; I believe that I will be growing in my faith until my last day on Earth. Until then, I trust in God’s plan in my life and follow where he leads.”

Courses

SPED 314    Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (Age 3-Grade 5)
SPED 315    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (Age 3-Grade 5)
SPED 319    Remediation of Language and Communication Disorders
AEDU 216    Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 216    Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 316     Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (Grade 5-Age 21)

SPED 330    Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
ASPED 324    Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
ASPED 325    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EDUC 201    Fine Arts in Education
SPED 317    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (Grade 5-Age 21)

Papers Published and/or Presented

2017    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference
From Classroom to Kenya: How Service Learning Positively Impacts Student Growth
Christine Scholma and Carolyn Buma
Lecture- Boston, Massachusetts: April 19-22, 2017

2017    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference
Doing It Right: Sexuality Education and Self-Determination
Scholma, C., Slocum, V., Eyres, R., Harkins, E., Niles, G., & Treacy, A.
Lecture- Boston, Massachusetts: April 19-22, 2017

2017    Oostburg Public and Private Schools Professional Development
How Do I Think About Differentiation?
Social Skills – The Hidden Curriculum
Christine Scholma
Keynote, Workshop, Panel- Oostburg, Wisconsin: February 24, 2017

2016    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference
“Hello, Can You Hear Me?” Meaningful Writing for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma, Megan Best, and Victoria Burden
Lecture- Lisle, Illinois: November 4-6, 2016

2016    International Christian Community for Teacher Education Conference
How Do I Hang Out – Improving Leisure Skills for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma
Lecture, Session Chair- Palos Heights, Illinois: May 23-26, 2016

2016    Elim Christian School Professional Development
Enhancing Independent Leisure Skills in the Classroom
Christine Scholma
Lecture- Palos Heights, Illinois; February 12, 2016

2015    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference
How Do I Hang Out – Improving Leisure Skills for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma and Jamie Fiorivanti Lecture- Lisle, Illinois; November 5-7, 2015

2009    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference Best of the Best: Best Practices in Special Education
Christine Scholma and Sara Baillie
Lecture- Lisle, Illinois; November 5-7, 2009

2009    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference Best of the Best: A Look at Best Practices in Special Education
Christine Scholma and Sara Baillie
Lecture- Seattle, Washington; April 1-4, 2009

+ Expertise

“God works through students to develop confidence in their strengths and move from being a passive receiver to living a life of active service to others in their school, home, and community,” said Christine Scholma.

Scholma’s world view is based on the understanding that God has created everyone for a purpose and has set every individual on a faith journey. Each decision students make, the work that they accomplish, and the interactions they have are acts of worship to God and his sovereignty.

“Diversity is beautiful and a lack of diversity can be quite bland,” said Scholma. “Our God is anything but bland! God has given me the opportunity to see how truly beautiful it can be to educate and serve a diverse population of students at Elim Christian School.”

As a Christian leader, Scholma believes one’s abilities should extend outside the classroom. She has used her leadership skills, musical talents, and teaching abilities to lead worship, serve as a youth group leader, take young adults on mission trips, and serve in children’s ministry.

“Teaching from a Reformed world view has helped me to influence other professionals, para-professionals, parents of students, volunteers, and undergraduate students completing their aiding and practicum hours,” she said. To her classroom she brings what she learned as an undergraduate and 11 years of experience in the field to help raise up new Christian leaders.

Scholma has demonstrated her world view in her own educational background. She has taught students with significant cognitive and physical disabilities requiring intensive interventions. These students have come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, each different and rich in culture and giftedness and having an impact on Scholma in various ways.

She considers each community outing, field trip, or interaction with others to be an opportunity to help her students receive the acceptance and respect that should be afforded to all people regardless of ability.

“I would describe myself as a lifelong learner; I believe that I will be growing in my faith until my last day on Earth. Until then, I trust in God’s plan in my life and follow where he leads.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

SPED 314    Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (Age 3-Grade 5)
SPED 315    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (Age 3-Grade 5)
SPED 319    Remediation of Language and Communication Disorders
AEDU 216    Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 216    Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 316     Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (Grade 5-Age 21)

SPED 330    Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
ASPED 324    Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
ASPED 325    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EDUC 201    Fine Arts in Education
SPED 317    Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (Grade 5-Age 21)

Papers Published and/or Presented

2017    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference
From Classroom to Kenya: How Service Learning Positively Impacts Student Growth
Christine Scholma and Carolyn Buma
Lecture- Boston, Massachusetts: April 19-22, 2017

2017    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference
Doing It Right: Sexuality Education and Self-Determination
Scholma, C., Slocum, V., Eyres, R., Harkins, E., Niles, G., & Treacy, A.
Lecture- Boston, Massachusetts: April 19-22, 2017

2017    Oostburg Public and Private Schools Professional Development
How Do I Think About Differentiation?
Social Skills – The Hidden Curriculum
Christine Scholma
Keynote, Workshop, Panel- Oostburg, Wisconsin: February 24, 2017

2016    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference
“Hello, Can You Hear Me?” Meaningful Writing for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma, Megan Best, and Victoria Burden
Lecture- Lisle, Illinois: November 4-6, 2016

2016    International Christian Community for Teacher Education Conference
How Do I Hang Out – Improving Leisure Skills for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma
Lecture, Session Chair- Palos Heights, Illinois: May 23-26, 2016

2016    Elim Christian School Professional Development
Enhancing Independent Leisure Skills in the Classroom
Christine Scholma
Lecture- Palos Heights, Illinois; February 12, 2016

2015    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference
How Do I Hang Out – Improving Leisure Skills for Students with Significant Disabilities
Christine Scholma and Jamie Fiorivanti Lecture- Lisle, Illinois; November 5-7, 2015

2009    Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) Conference Best of the Best: Best Practices in Special Education
Christine Scholma and Sara Baillie
Lecture- Lisle, Illinois; November 5-7, 2009

2009    National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference Best of the Best: A Look at Best Practices in Special Education
Christine Scholma and Sara Baillie
Lecture- Seattle, Washington; April 1-4, 2009