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About the Blogger August 8, 2008

Kristine has been in education since 1993. She taught fourth grade in Ohio from 1993 – 2008. She accepted a new position as a Curriculum Coordinator for her district for the school year 2008-2009. It’s been a great ride ever since. When asked if being a Curriculum Coordinator is an easier job than teaching, she is known to answer, “It’s just a different kind of crazy.”

When Kristine was a fourth grade teacher she started an innovative program that stressed community building, citizenship, and student recognition that continues to be a cornerstone in helping students transition smoothly from the elementary to the intermediate school. Kristine has a M.A. in Children’s Literature from The Ohio State University, a B.S. in Elementary Education, and a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood andcontinually attends conferences and workshops that focus on reading, writing, and literacy.

Kristine has been fortunate enough to attend Teachers College Literacy Coach Institute, the July Reading Institute 2009 & 2010, and the August Writing Institute 2009. She loves talking books and school and can hardly wait to share all she learns!

She has completed coursework for her elementary principal licensure and is currently taking more graduate courses.

For the 2012-2014 school years, Kristine has accepted a position at the International School of Dakar in Senegal (West Africa) and is very excited to continue her work in curriculum with teachers at ISD, a dynamic learning community that serves the Dakar-based expat population with an ‘American’ type education in English. Her two children will have the opportunity to attend the school as well and the whole family is looking forward to new challenges.

1/1/2015 update

Kristine and family has returned to the United States where she works as a Curriculum and Student Services Director in a rural district. The combination of curriculum, special education, gifted education, and English Language Learners keeps her hopping She loves the opportunity to work with helping all students, preschool through grade 12, helping them all be successful as possible. Not much time is left for reading, although she uses her commute to listen to audiobooks. As a board member for OCTELA (Ohio Council Teachers of English Language Arts), Kristine stays active in  the professional learning and teaching of ELA. 


17 Responses to “About the Blogger”

  1. Susan Says:

    I love the fabulous perspective, information and insights Kristine- thank you!!

  2. Debbie Says:

    You are on a direct link from the daily NCTE update on blogs from the convention.
    So glad you had a great time. Thanks for bringing the info back to all of us.

  3. Patrick Carman Says:

    Hi Kristine – is there a way to contact you so I can send you an arc? Project is . . . thanks! Love your site. Email response to the email I entered and I’ll get it.

  4. Beth Says:

    Hi there…it’s Beth at Role Mommy – you’re a winner! Just email me at with your address so that we can get you your tix to the Rockettes.

  5. Maggie your daughter Says:


  6. Deborah Hall Says:

    We have created an innovative series of narrative nonfiction children’s books, THE RAINBOW SERIES: DOGS WHO HELP, about dogs who help others in various ways. These books appeal to children from ages 4 – 10 and educate as well as entertain, encouraging children to learn to read and love it. Please visit for a more detailed description of these books.

    Both of us are actively involved veterans of canine-assisted therapy programs in elementary schools, including many years running TALES FOR TAILS READING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS for 2nd graders with reading challenges. Experiences in these programs actually contributed greatly to our decision to create this series. As we suspected, our books have proven very popular and motivational. In addition, we have both run a mainstream classroom program (FOUR PAWS IN THE CLASSROOM)which includes many lessons in creative and nonfiction writing, based on our visiting dogs, again integrating our own book series for motivation and inspiration.

    We are always looking for ways to share our books and our program ideas with others, so hopefully you can help us with that. The books are available for purchase directly from us via the website and also at and

    If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.


    Deborah Hall
    Donna Vaquer
    The Rainbow Dogs

  7. mindy Says:


    Love you blog. Like you, I recently switched from years of classroom teaching to being a district curriculum director. Would love to have a cyber contact to bounce ideas off.


  8. I switched from Elementary to High School to Middle School. I fuond I really love Middle School Kids. Like you I am also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. It was so worth the hard work. Unlike you I want to stay in the classsroom. I am glad I found your site.

  9. Katrina Says:

    Dear Kristine,

    My name is Katrina Massey and I am writing from Rubicon Publishing ( I was wondering if you would consider reviewing our new Interface English core resource that is designed for grades 9 and 10, for the educational market and only available to purchase by educators. I would really like to submit a title for your consideration. Since you mention on your blog that you are a teacher and Curriculum Coordinator than is passionate about literacy, I thought that you would be the ideal person to review our publications.

    Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Katrina Massey
    Sales & Marketing Intern
    Rubicon International

  10. Pam Foster Says:


    I love your blog. I attended writer’s workshop august of 2009 as a kindergarten teacher. I have moved to 4th for this year. Unfortunately I did not download the units of study for 3rd-5th last year:( Do you happen to have them? I have all the lower grades but that won’t help me this year — so silly of me — didn’t think I’d ever go to 4th. I would love any help/ideas/advice that you have. Thanks for sharing all that you do in the classroom.


  11. Karen Says:

    Hi, I’d love to send you a children’s book. Is there an email address where I can send you more information?

    Thank you.


  12. pam foster Says:

    Thanks I appreciate any advice and resources you can share.


  13. Stephanie Fortson Says:

    Thank you so much for all of your lighthearted posts! I really appreciate your passion for reading and every day learning. I was wondering, since you are the curriculum coordinator at your school, what you think of the new Common Core Standards? Are they a helpful resource that makes your job easier? I would love to hear what you have to say!

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

  14. tanny Says:

    The next time you see me out and about, please say “hello”!

  15. Annie Tunheim Says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I came across your other blog initially while researching moving dogs to Senegal–my husband and I are a teaching couple and we are in the process of applying to international schools for Fall 2015; ISD is at the absolute top of our preference list, there are positions available that match our training, and we will attend the UNI Fair at the end of the month. One potential dealbreaker is the fact that we have 3 children, so I was heartened to read on your blog that you have two children and worked there. I’d love to be able to pick your brain a bit; if you are open to it, please shoot me a quick email at atunheim (at) hotmail (dot) com.

    • bestbookihavenotread Says:

      Hi Annie,
      I’m really sorry I didn’t see your post until right now! Hope you had a successful job hunt! Kristine

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