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.
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.