Christian Rivera, 2013
- Coordinator - STEM Community Scholars Program & Adjunct Faculty, School of Biological and Physical Sciences
- DSC employee since 2009
Degrees and schools where awarded:
- D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic - Logan College of Chiropractic, St. Louis Mo.
- M.S. Sports Science & Rehabilitation - Logan University, St. Louis Mo.
- B.S. Human Biology – Logan College of Chiropractic, St. Louis Mo.
- *Started my undergrad career at the University of Puerto Rico – Department of Natural Sciences
Outside interests: Cooking (although I am better at eating), reading, writing and outdoor activities.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I practiced my profession in Puerto Rico. I also worked as a team doctor for a group of professional wrestlers; you know, the ones who jump from ladders and hit each other with folding chairs.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am not working alone! We are currently collaborating with Energizer Corp. to expand a Quality Control internship program that started eight months ago. Our project team (STEP grant) is collaborating with local schools to develop programs that will expose elementary school students to the fields of STEM. I am also organizing the Brain Bowl team with the help of Bruce Cook, Steve Pruitt and a group of very talented students.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? As a teacher, I love to see the faces of my students when they finally understand a concept. It is one of those “wow, that makes so much sense” moments. To me, it feels like their inner child just discovered a new planet. As a coordinator, it is very rewarding when one of our scholars receives an acceptance letter from the university they applied for. I am sure that every staff member at Daytona State College feels the same way I do.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I would like to work for an organization such as the National Science Foundation, Center for Disease Control & Prevention or the Robin Hood Foundation.
In life? I want to buy a few acres of land and grow coffee for the rest of my life.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? One of my undergraduate professors, Dr. Janice Gordils, once told me, “Do not accept any excuses, not even your own. Work hard, and always keep moving, especially when you are tired.”
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is:
I hold a 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, and a 3rd degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu karate & Kobudo. I also volunteer as an assistant instructor teaching karate to adolescents between the ages of 10-16 during the weekends.
Last book read: A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Well, I guess it would say, “Open with caution, this product does come with a kick.”
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Honestly, I would invite only two people, my grandmother Lola, who I never met, and my grandfather Celestino, who had a fascination with finding the “perfect” coffee bean and growing pumpkins.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means helping build the foundation and future of Daytona Beach and its surrounding communities.