Mrs. Jill Christman

Phone: 520-696-5621


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Chemistry University of Arizona

Mrs. Jill Christman

Welcome to Chemistry! I attended University of Arizona, on a music scholarship, where I majored in Chemistry and minored in Music.   I have been been teaching chemistry at Canyon Del Oro High School since 2001. All of my teaching experience has been at CDO, where I am proud to be part of such a great faculty.  Both my daughters were Dorados too! I am currently teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry (College Board Approved) and International Baccalaureate Chemistry Standard Level and Higher Level. 

Defining Moments in Education

My passion is teaching.  I often have students ask me when I wanted to be a teacher and why.  I can't remember a time in my life that I didn't want to be a teacher, my mother was a teacher and I always admired her work, however it wasn't my first career.  After spending 10 years working as an Analytical Chemist, I wondered if that was what I was supposed to do in life.  It was that point I remembered I wanted to be a teacher.  I combined my two interests, teaching and chemistry.  After my first year of teach at CDO, I realized that the classroom was where I was meant to be. I know I can make a difference in students lives and they definitely do in mine.

Core Educational Beliefs

I believe in my students.  I believe that with the right learning environment they will work hard to succeed. I believe in their intelligence and desire to learn. I believe that all students can learn chemistry. As Teddy Roosevelt once said, "People don't care what you know until they know you care."

Prior Experience

Analytical Chemist - Tracer Research

Analytical Chemist - BHP Copper

Chemical Hygiene Officer - BHP Copper