Kristin Williams – Kindergarten Is a Fresh Start
Just like her kindergarten students, Kristin Williams is new this year to The Biome School. A passionate and energetic teacher, her skills include curriculum development, classroom management, lesson planning and development and technology.
Kristin’s educational focus is based on implementing instructional strategies that actively engage students in meaningful learning experiences to ensure development to their fullest potential. Her goal this year is to instill a love of learning in the minds and hearts of her lively and enthusiastic class of five- and six-year-olds and to have every kindergartner reading and doing math at first grade level by the end of the school year.
Her approach to teaching reading is to encourage students to get involved in the story. For example, after reading a book to the children, she challenges them to retell the story in their own words and discuss their feelings, opinions, and attitudes about the conclusion.
She selects children’s stories that have significance. Recent books include Sweet Briar Goes to School about a skunk who is initially rejected by other students for being different but who ultimately uses his own natural resources to save the day; Leola and the Honeybears, an African-American retelling of the classic adventure story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears; and Chicken Little, which teaches kids to have courage and make decisions logically without overreacting.
Kristin has a strong background in early childhood education. Prior to coming to The Biome school, Kristin was an early childhood assistant with the Parkway School District and before that she was a Lead Kindergarten teacher for two years with KIPP Victory Academy.
The Biome is her first experience with a STEAM school. She believes that The Biome’s commitment to science, technology, engineering, art, and math is an important advantage for all students in every grade because it helps children to understand, appreciate and apply what they learn to a world that is so interconnected.
Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Missouri Baptist University. After working in the business world she returned to Missouri Baptist University to obtain a Post-Baccalaureate degree with certification in Early Childhood Education.
When she’s not at school or preparing lesson plans, Kristin enjoys working out and spending time with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. But her real passion is baking, especially cupcakes and cheesecake, claiming that her cheesecake rivals the Cheesecake Factory’s best.