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Title 1 Reading and Math Interventionist


“Our most valuable resource is our children and education is the key to their success.  Through their learning and growing, the world can become a better place for us all.”

Kristeen Harris









“I believe that every day is Earth Day. Being able to share my enthusiasm for nature with children instills in them a respect for our environment.”

Kristeen Harris
















Professional Profile

Dedicated teacher with proven qualifications in providing exceptional classroom experiences in highly academic, international, private, public, traditional, non-traditional, urban, and rural environments.

Skilled in working cooperatively with parents, faculty, and administrators to provide best possible learning atmosphere for students.

Devoted to learning as life-long commitment, demonstrated by background as community volunteer, environmentalist, athlete, outdoors person, and international traveler.

Recognized for ability to take on additional responsibilities and projects to enhance students’ learning experience.

·          Hold Masters Degree of Education

·          Bachelor of Science in Education

·          Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children.


Education, Honors, and Certifications

Master of Education

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 1996


Bachelor of Science in Education

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1991



State of Colorado Professional Teaching License June 25, 2019

     Endorsement: Elementary Education; Linguistically Diverse Education

State of Arizona Elementary Teaching Certificate, K-8 1992-2007

     Endorsements: English as a Second Language- K-12; Reading Specialist

      Spalding Trained Teacher: Spalding I, 1994; Spalding II, 2002


          Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, Expired 12/2004

          CPR/ AED Certification, Expired 10/2005

          Avalanche Level I, National Ski Patrol, Expired 2003




Professional Experience in Education

Archuleta School District 50 Joint, Pagosa Springs Elementary School

        Title I, Reading and Math Interventionist, 2014-2016

        District Accountability Committee

        Second Grade Teacher, 2006-2014

        District Review Committee

        Colorado Education Association

        Initiated school recycling program





Mesa Public School District, Franklin West Elementary School

             Second Grade Teacher, 2004-2006

             Representative for Mesa Education Association


                    Fifth Grade Teacher, 2002-2004

             Team Leader, Faculty Curriculum Committee, Faculty and Staff        

             Advisory Council, Reinstated and coordinated recycling program.


                    Substitute Teacher, 2001-2002


             Fourth Grade Teacher, 1993-1996

             Initiated school recycling program


Country Day School, Escazu, Costa Rica

Private academic international school, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade

                    Elementary School Teacher, 2000-2001

                    Started satellite international school and taught combined class of Third,

                         Fourth, and Fifth grade students.  One of the first teachers in remote      

                         area with shortage of resources.


                    Fourth Grade Teacher, 1999-2000

                    Coordinated fundraising activities and organized work day with 4th grade

                         students to purchase school supplies and improve conditions of

                         impoverished public kindergarten in Escazu, Costa Rica


 American School Foundation Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

 Private academic international school, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade


        Fifth Grade Teacher, 1996-1999

        Team Leader, Character Education Committee,

        Sponsored Eco-Hiking Club

Community Involvement

·          Volunteer, Chimney Rock Association, 2006-2011

·          Member, Archuleta League of Women Voters, 2006-2015

·          Member, Archuleta Archaeology Society, 2006-2008

·          Founder, “Kids Vote, Too” Archuleta County Presidential Elections, 2008, 2012

·          Spearheaded drive to have supplies donated to La Divina Providencia

        Shelter in Agua Prieta, Mexico, through Rancho Feliz Charitable

                    Foundation, 2003-2007                   

·          Volunteer, “AZ Concerned about Smoking” initiative petition, 2001

·          Precinct Captain, “Kids Voting”, 1993

Notable Activities

·          Avid mountaineer; summitted Pico de Orizaba, at 18,405 ft., 1998

·          Eco-Challenge, Santiago, Mexico, 1998

·          Captain, USC Ski Team; received “Most Valuable Skier” award, 1991

·          Participated in Semester at Sea, a unique sea-going university, 1989

·          Family medical mission to provide medical assistance to families in

        Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico, 2004

·          Colorado River – completed private 18-day rafting trip, 2005

·          Archaeological excavation, Upper Little Colorado River, 1994



               Featured in Mesa Tribune article, “Grade A Teacher” Nov. 10, 2003

               Recognized swim instructor, Mesa Parks & Recreation Dept., 1986