Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico Kristen is in her 7th year teaching K-6 music in the Richardson Independent School District at Dover Elementary. After receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance from New Mexico State University and a Master of Art in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University, Kristen attended Southern Methodist University to complete her teacher certification. She completed Orff Schulwerk and Kodály levels certification at Southern Methodist University. Kristen has also completed an Orff Schulwerk post level masterclass at SMU with Werner Beidinger and Crista Coogan. Her love of combining both the Schulwerk and Kodály methods to create a highly engaged and student centered classroom helped her win the August 2018 WFAA Teacher of the Month award. Kristen and her 5 year old son Walker, Dina the Dog and Francis the Cat live happily together in Garland, TX. Kristen loves crafting, crocheting, reading, gardening, continuing education and serving on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support committee as community liaison and secretary for her school.