Kristi began her teaching career as a third grader when she taught her classmate, a boy with a disability, how to skip for the third grade Maypole Celebration. She has had a passion for the field ever since. Kristi received a B.S. in Sport Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., a M.S. in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education from N.C. A&T State University, and a Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Education with an emphasis in Pedagogy and Andragogy from Texas Woman’s University.
Kristi spent 10 years teaching in the public school system prior to joining UWSP. Her various positions included serving as a high school health and physical education teacher and women’s soccer coach in Greensboro, N.C., elementary physical education teacher in Saipan,
Northern Mariana Islands, middle school health and physical education teacher in Burlington, N.C., adapted physical education teacher in Greensboro, N.C., and an adapted physical education consultant for a variety of school districts in North Carolina and Texas.
Kristi joined UW-Stevens Point in 2004. She has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in education and served in several administrative roles including the Director of Physical Education, Director of the Teaching Partners program, Director of the Tech Select Faculty program, Director of the Innovation Space, and Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and Director of Graduate and Innovative Programs. She takes great joy in sharing her passion for teaching and postively impacting the lives of others. She also enjoys serving through community service and scholarly work including numerous local, state, national, and international presentations, publications of journal articles, and as co-author of the 11th and 12th Edition of Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation.
In her free time, Kristi enjoys spending time with her best friend and husband Matt and their house full of pets. She has two grown sons who they regularly travel to visit. Matt and Kristi love to golf, travel, fish, hike, paddle, play games, and read. They also take joy in volunteering and have enjoyed serving as a host family and liaison for 8 exchange students throughout their years in Wisconsin. Kristi also enjoys cooking, backpacking, and painting in her free time.