From a young age, Kristi always knew that she wanted to be in a profession where she can help people, especially students. In 2010, she started attending San Diego State University as a double major earning both a B.A. in Youth Theatre and a B.A. in Liberal Studies. This resulted in Kristi spending her undergraduate years as an Assistant Manager with SDSU’s tour of The Comedy of Errors while also tutoring and teaching at K-6 elementary schools. She later completed her M.Ed.degree at University of California, San Diego and concurrently earned her Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in 2017. Last year, she completed her first year of full-time teaching at Montgomery High School and taught English Language Development and Academic Language Development to English learners. Despite language barriers, Kristi was able to establish strong relationships with her students and helped them achieve on their ELPAC tests.
Kristi has a passion for teaching because of her love for the student to teacher connection. As a former shy kid, her high school drama teacher saw the strength and potential in her and became her mentor throughout high school. This relationship has always been vital to her own development as a young adult. As a result, she knows just how influential a caring mentor can be. Now a mentor herself with ESM, she supports students on English, history, other humanities classes, and overall academic achievement.
In her free time, Kristi enjoys traveling whenever possible. These trips can be as small as a trip to L.A. or Julian to a life-changing trip to the Philippines. She is also an avid theatre and film geek and sees movies and plays often with her boyfriend, Adrian. Her favorite things also include: visits to Salt & Straw, small towns, thrift stores, podcasts, people-watching, and her yappy yorkie, Einstein.