This year will mark Kristen’s fifth year as the EEC Director and tenth year at EEC. She also taught the Pre-K class for 8 years prior before transitioning into a Director only role. She began her teaching career in 1995, after earning her degree in Special Education from ASU. She taught in a K-4th grade learning resource classroom in the Scottsdale School District and then in an integrated special needs preschool in the Paradise Valley School District.
Kristen specializes in the Creative Curriculum, and has a deep understanding of the importance of a play-based learning environment. In her classroom, she followed an emergent curriculum, which emphasized a child-centered, rich learning environment that included loose parts and process art, where she helped students negotiate conflict, make friends, and acted as a guide in their learning and inquiry about the world. Now she loves working alongside the teachers as a mentor and facilitator.
Kristen has two biological children, Ashlyn (19 and a sophomore at UofA) and Ryan (15 and a freshman in high school), both of whom attended a play-based cooperative preschool, and two step-children Jackson (19 and a sophomore at UofA) and Evelyn (17 and a senior in high school). When Kristen is not teaching, she loves spending time with her children, her husband, taking walks, taking care of her pets (chickens, dogs, a guinea pig, a tortoise and a parakeet), reading non-fiction, singing and photography.