Christine Pellegrino was elected to the Assembly in a special election in 2017. Before coming to the Assembly, Christine was an elementary school reading teacher in the Baldwin Union Free School District for 18 years. As an active member of the Baldwin Teachersí Association, Christine was an outspoken critic of Common Core. She helped lead the Long Island Opt Out movement, fighting for local control of our schools and against standardized testing, after experiencing firsthand how developmentally inappropriate education policies hurt our schools and failed our kids. Christine organized her communityís passion and desire for real, comprehensive education reform as a rallying point to advocate for issues that mattered to her fellow community residents at the local, state and national levels. She believes in the power of local grassroots activism and will continue to bring her neighbors together to get Long Island families the results they deserve. Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and Master of Science degree in reading from St. Johnís University. She also received an advanced degree in educational leadership from Long Island University. Christine Pellegrino resides in West Islip and is a proud mother of two daughters.