Student Support Assistant
Hi! My name is Kristin. I am excited to be a part of the Renaissance Crew! I am an Educational Assistant and I am often asked "what is an Educational Assistant?" That means that I am here to help in any way I can. I truly enjoy helping others so whether it's working one on one with students, covering classes so teachers can attend meetings or helping with projects in the office, I am always happy to be there for the students and staff.
My husband and I were born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I graduated in 1997 from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education. I love working with kids of all ages and aside from some short lived jobs as a Commercial Truck driver with my husband and a receptionist at an accounting firm, I have always worked with children. I was a stay at home mom for many years but I have 20+ years experience in everything from a substitute teacher, lunch lady, bus driver and even a juvenile corrections officer. I can honestly say that being an EA has been my favorite and most rewarding job, other than being a mom.
I started as an EA at Sedalia Elementary in 2014, when my son was in 2nd grade. I switched to Renaissance Secondary in January of 2019. Switching from elementary students to middle and high school students certainly had its challenges, however I could not be more excited to be with them. They surprise me every day! I chose to make the move to RSS because I love the philosophy behind expeditionary learning. I love education and rarely shy away from an opportunity to learn something new. I am currently studying to get my Google Certification, which I think is going to be very helpful with the new trends in education. I like to learn right along with the students and can't wait for new adventures.
My husband and I have one son and it is just the 3 of us with the exception of our 2 dogs, Dodger and Zelda. We moved to Castle Rock in 2012 due to a promotion for my husband's work. We can't imagine living anywhere else. We enjoy having seasons! One of my favorite things to do is take a fall leaves drive every year. Colorado is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been and we enjoy exploring it. My son is attending Renaissance Secondary as well. When asked if he minds being at the same school as his mom he usually just shrugs his shoulders and says 'it's fine." We are huge New York Giants football fans and you are likely to see my son and I on campus wearing matching shirts during football season! I am also a huge LA Dodgers baseball fan, thus my dogs name. However, I am the only baseball fan in my family so I rarely get to see a game. We love to travel and explore not only Colorado but the United States as well. Most of our travel inspiration usually comes from my son's interest in history. We like to visit tourist destinations like Disneyland (I am also a big Disney fan) but we are happier on a road trip exploring parts of the Oregon trail or hitting historic landmarks along our way. We have so many exciting ideas for vacations, I don't know how we will do them all in a lifetime but we are certainly going to try.
I couldn't be happier to be part of the Renaissance Secondary Crew! I love working with and getting to know this amazing group of students.