CRSM Counselor Honored by Waukegan to College

  • Christina Dippold, counselor, with student, Pili, a junior at Cristo Rey St. Martin

    Christina Dippold, counselor, with student, Pili, a junior at Cristo Rey St. Martin Courtesy of Cristo Rey St. Martin

Updated 3/15/2023 9:03 AM

Christina Dippold, a Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prepcounselor, was honored by Waukegan to College for her passion and commitment for helping first-generation students. The award was presented at the organization's second annual Education Appreciation Event March 6 in Waukegan.

"We can always count on her to provide us with student transcripts, collaborate on course selection, and share information about students with one another in our 'it takes a village' approach to support our first-gen students," said Laura Rios, Program Director of Waukegan to College.


Dippold was honored along with James Gillespie, a 7th-grade science teacher at Abbott Middle School, and Amanda Patti, Waukegan Public Schools Area District Superintendent. All three received a special award for their close partnership with Waukegan to College over the past years.

"There have been countless classroom visits, scores of emails requesting information about students, or providing us with data and other information that help ensure we provide students at Waukegan to College with the best support possible,"said Rios.

Prior to joining Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep nine years ago, Dippold worked at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota, for a total of 15 years in education as a school counselor. She earned her bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Social Work and Psychology and her master's degree from Loyola University Chicago in Counseling. She said her proudest moment is seeing her students cross the stage at graduation every year!