For those of you who know me well, you’ll understand the picture book reference above. For those of you who don’t, after you check out and read Scaredy Squirrel you’ll have a glimpse into the old me.
Feel free to follow along as I jump into a new part of life, that of educator abroad. I officially move to Dakar, Senegal August 2nd, 2012 to work at the International School of Dakar, but have already begun the transition.
Required Professional Bio below:
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 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 obtained her elementary principal licensure from Muskingum University. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood and continually 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 graduate courses to complete her superintendent’s licensure and is contemplating a run at a PhD.