Educator, School Launch Partner, Future Dean of Academic Excellence
Kirsten began her professional career in the banking industry and has used that experience in her educational career. In 2010, Kirsten transitioned into her career in education as a classroom teacher supporting various grade levels and students, including students in the traditional classroom setting, special education students, and English language learners. Since then, Kirsten has held a variety of roles in the education field, including special education case manager and curriculum developer. Kirsten co-wrote several math curriculums focusing on the needs of students classified as Special Education as well as co-writing the math portion for a charter renewal application for the state of Delaware.
After spending seven years in the classroom, Kirsten joined the Teach For America Delaware team as the Manager of Teacher Leadership Development. During this time, Kirsten coached, mentored, and developed 20+ novice teachers yearly and created alignment between TFA and its partner schools. Additionally, Kirsten has experience tracking student and teacher data trends, implementing social-emotional learning standards in the classroom, and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion training for teachers. Kirsten graduated from Neumann College with a B.S. in Sport Management, followed by obtaining her M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. Kirsten also obtained her School Leadership certification, with all graduate coursework being completed at Wilmington University.
As a native Delawarean, Kirsten is committed to positively impacting her community both inside and outside the classroom. Her volunteer efforts include coaching girls’ basketball, as well as sitting on several committees focused on bullying in schools and teacher engagement in the communities they serve. Currently, Kirsten works as a tutor for Path to Success, a program developed by Delmarva Power to bring high school juniors and seniors job opportunities upon graduation. Kirsten is the founding instructional school leader of The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence.