Diverse Learner Teacher, 7th Grade
Kristin, a Diverse Learner Teacher, previously worked at Namaste for several years as both a Diverse Learner Teacher and a First Grade Classroom Teacher. Recently, Kristin served as a Founding Administrator at Moving Everest Charter School where she served as Assistant Principal and Director of Diverse Learning. Kristin brings 9 years of Chicago Public Education experience to Namaste. Kristin currently serves as the Advocacy Co-Chair on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Inclusive Learning Network. She has served as an EdTech Consultant, supporting 200 schools in the Midwest with literacy intervention and instruction, as well hosted several TedEd Twitter Chats, engaging international thought leaders in thoughtful discussion. Kristin holds a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University with dual certification in general and special education.
What is your favorite place in the world and why?
The Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden! No matter what Chicago's weather has to offer, this is an amazing place to feel the warmth of the sun while taking in a good book.
Where would you most like to travel to and why?
Hong Kong is next on our list, as I've yet to experience Asia. Hong Kong is known for its street markets and gorgeous hiking trails. Not to mention, it is a foodie's dream!
What is a mantra you strive to live by?
"She believed she could, so she did."
What has been your greatest adventure?
My husband and I spontaneously booked a 10-day trip to Buenos Aires a couple years ago and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made! We spent days wandering around this amazing city and fell in love with the people, the culture, (the food!), and the way of life. We will absolutely be back one day soon!
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Raboin, my 5th Grade teacher is absolutely one of the reasons I chose to become an educator. Mr. Raboin helped me understand the world around me in a way that made so much sense and was incredibly fun. He played the guitar as a way of teaching history through songs by The Beatles, Billy Joel, David Bowie and so many others. I developed not only a love of learning, but a passion for music and the arts. I wouldn't be the educator I am today without him as an example.