Growing up right along the Mississippi River, Kristin developed an appreciation for the importance of rivers and watershed conservation from a young age. In 2009, she traveled to Colorado, spending many years working with at-risk students as a social worker before returning to school to complete an additional degree in Mathematics and Computer Science for Secondary Education. As a classroom teacher, Kristin taught at the high school level for DSST Public Schools on the Front Range, and most recently at Basalt High School, teaching mathematics and serving as the National Honor Society advisor. She brings a wealth of outdoor education experience, having worked as an open-water kayak guide in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and co-led over 15 backcountry trips with students on the Western Slope of Colorado. In her free time, Kristin enjoys paddle boarding, backcountry hut trips, and traveling to new places.