Chrissy Orangio, Science Teacher, Director of Sustainability

Chrissy Orangio

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Upper and Middle School

Director of Sustainability, Upper School Science Teacher


For over 10 years I have worked in the field of environmental education, facilitating opportunities for students to take action to make their school and community more sustainable. Most recently I worked in the Acalanes Union High School District where I taught science, created and maintained organic school gardens, and helped students organize a zero-waste program. Prior to classroom teaching, I ran exchange programs for high school students focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Panama, and California. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and went to college at Elon University in North Carolina where I studied Environmental Science. I earned my master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa where I lived for three years studying the impact of flooding in the context of climate change. As an educator, I bring these experiences into the classroom to help students understand the complexities of environmental issues and brainstorm creative solutions.

I am excited to teach and work at Menlo with students and staff to make the school and community more sustainable. In my free time, I like to play guitar and piano, grow my own food, go camping, and travel.