Who’s That Girl?

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.


7 Responses to Who’s That Girl?

  1. BK Kerr says:

    Hi Kristine! Debbie Thomas shared your site with me. So exciting to follow along with your adventures. Thanks for sharing –
    I wanted to update you on one of your early 4th graders. Elizabeth Kerr-Poklinkowski is officially working on her doctoral thesis – Medieval History. She’s pregnant and making me a grandmother around 11/11/12. We are all very excited. You were a big influence on her along with Mrs. Terry and of course those wonderful GMS and GHS teachers along the way. Thanks! She can still recite Annabelle Lee.

    My best –

    Beverly Kerr

    • bestbookihavenotread says:

      Hi Beverly!
      The more the merrier! Congratulations to Elizabeth! I remember her well! I myself can only recite most of Annabelle Lee 🙂 Also congrats to both on the upcoming child/grandchild.
      Tell her I wish her the best!

  2. Carol Price says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I look forward every day to reading your posts and learning a little more about your adventure in Dakar. I can’t believe you’re really there! I love hearing about the school, the community, the babies, Maggie and Simon, and even the cats under the picnic table. I look forward to hearing more about the preschool and kindergarten programs and what your role will be with those children and teachers.

    I miss talking with you but feel as though I am gaining insights into Senegal life through your words. No more Scaredy Squirrel for you!

    Take good care,

    • bestbookihavenotread says:

      Hi Carol,
      I miss talking to you! I started writing you an e-mail this weekend that I will finish off and send your way. Hope you are well!

  3. KT says:

    I’m pretty sure I understand the picture book reference! This, of course, makes me even more impressed with your new life! (I disagree that it’s a “new you,” though. I think this “you” has always been there!)

  4. KC says:

    Hi there

    My name is KC Owens; I’m a college student who loves to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found ABroad in Senegal and really enjoyed reading your posts. Personally, I think traveling is a necessary part of life as you’re exposed to all sorts of new cultures and experiences. While enjoying time abroad, I’ve found it’s crucial to fully understand the dangers that you might encounter along the way. These mishaps are part of life and certainly part of travel but it’s always a great idea to take preventive measures to help ensure your safety while abroad.

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my travel safety tips with your readers? I put a lot of time and passion into my traveling and I would love to help others by offering safety advice as a result of the mistakes and triumphs I’ve had. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

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