Ken Blanchard College of Business
M.S. in Accounting - Strayer University, VA
About Christina Olear
Christina holds a Master's Degree in Accounting in addition to her CPA certification. She has been teaching accounting and accounting related courses for over five years in the online environment as well as in the classroom. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs and is the proud mother of two sons ages 10 and 13.
She has over seven years of experience working in regional public accounting firms in a staff and senior staff accountant capacity. She has worked with a broad range of large and small organizations and in a variety of different industries. Her private accounting experience of two years was gained with a large corporate entity (Fortune 500) and with a small service company. Her experience includes financial statement preparation and analysis, certified audits, and tax return preparation for individuals, corporations, and partnerships.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating courses for GCU reinforces my purpose of helping others every day. I am driven to help others and am thankful for the gift from God that allows me to motivate and teach students.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I believe that the responsibility of the course instructor is to bring the material "to life" for the students. Linking the course content to practical experiences leads to better student understanding and retention of material. I provide numerous examples and experiences that students find relatable.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Students sometimes have many challenges that can make it difficult to complete a degree or a course. In one of the courses I taught, there was one such student coping with a very sick family member. The student wanted to drop the course and stop taking classes. I was able to work with the student to finish the course successfully despite many setbacks. The student just needed a bit of support and motivation. Sometimes students need to be reminded that it is worth the struggle to complete classes and press on toward degree completion.