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 sports 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 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 proudly leads the Master's of Education and Professional Development for the School of Education. She serves as the department liaison for innovative instruction and directs the Innovation Space for the College of Professional Studies. She facilitates individual and small group training in educational innovation and directs an annual conference for teachers from throughout the state of Wisconsin. She ensures the School of Education is providing exemplary graduate training for educators and innovative professional development opportunities. She takes great joy in sharing her passion for teaching. She also enjoys teaching and learning through community service and scholarly work including numerous presentations in Wisconsin, Virginia, and California, and as co-author of the 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 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 and painting in her free time.