Cristel Miller joined NCSSM in July 2023 as an Instructor of Chemistry on our Morganton campus. She came to us from California, where she taught multiple science disciplines at every level. Cristel holds a master’s degree in education/curriculum with an emphasis on neuroscience, classroom engagement, and cognitive response. Her professional and research experience includes time with Pfizer and Scripps Research Institute in the department of Molecular & Experimental Medicine, under the Division of Biochemistry. Cristel has worked in curriculum development/design at multiple levels, increasing science accessibility for students in various disciplines. She has been an advocate for science/data literacy, bringing application and attainability to increase student interest and understanding. Cristel has a love for all things at the intersection of science and science fiction, and she loves the outdoors, sports, and movie night.