Christie Bettendorf has lived in the city of Long Beach for fifteen years, and currently resides in Lakewood Village. She joined the Junior League of Long Beach in 2008 to become more involved in the community. Immediately drawn to the Especially Me! program, she served as one of its first after school teachers. In addition to previously serving on the Board of Directors for three years, she recently served two years as Delegate to the California State Public Affairs Committee.
Christie received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Cal State Fullerton and her Masters of Arts in English Literature from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She has taught high school English and Film for more than two decades, spending most of her career at John F. Kennedy High School, her alma mater. She currently serves as a site representative for the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, alternate Delegate to CTA State Council, and was recently appointed to the Bargaining Team.
Christie enjoys spending time with her husband, Ramzi, and energetic boxer, Zuul. A frequent traveler, Christie loves weekends in Lake Arrowhead and camping throughout the state, when she can read and hike.