Tampa Prep Faculty
Ms. Christina Ring-Hillard
University of South Florida, M.Ed.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science (with minors in Spanish and Visual Arts) from Eckerd College, I began a career as a fisheries biologist for a local Tampa Bay environmental consulting company. Each day was filled with exciting tasks; however, I felt as if something were still missing. As I began to explore other careers by reflecting upon my extracurricular college involvement, I realized that my love of higher education and college student success were the missing pieces. This recognition led me towards obtaining a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Ultimately, the experiences that I gained as a graduate assistant prepared me to work in college admission for my alma mater, Eckerd College.
After eight years in the world of college admission, I decided to move to “the other side of the desk” and join the Tampa Prep community as the newest member of the college counseling team. In my experience, there is nothing more rewarding or inspiring than being an advocate, cheerleader, resource or teacher (among many other hats) for high school students who are about to embark on their very own college experience. Luckily, having an understanding of the college admission process (along with attending professional conferences, counselor tours and college visits) allows me to be a better resource for our students as they make that decision. After all, college counselors get a front row seat in watching as students transform and strive for their dreams.
When I’m not helping students, I love to travel with my husband (Essentially, the itch to travel is in my blood.) Each trip that we take is filled with sightseeing, crazy experiences and good food which provides us both with amazing stories and memories. I’m a Jersey girl at heart, and have lived all over the country but Tampa Bay will always be my home. I also enjoy SCUBA diving, reading, painting, spin cycling, sewing (it’s not just for old ladies), going to local festivals and volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association. In a nutshell, my philosophy is to live life to the fullest (within reason, of course!), and spread happiness wherever life may take me!