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Nelson Mandela famously said, "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

As a dedicated educator for the past ten years, those words still guide my teaching philosophy as I help my students achieve their educational and professional goals. With a culturally relevant, narrative-based pedagogy, students deepen critical thinking skills and focus on creative problem-solving all while understanding that language - in terms of the human condition - is the foundation of all academic disciplines.

Career-wise, I've had the honor and privilege of teaching diverse student populations, both locally and globally. Starting off as a university instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, I've taught first generation, non-traditional and traditional college freshmen with a focus on interdisciplinary academic applications in a way that promotes student agency, helps students focus on individual goals, and shows the value of writing across the disciplines.

Further, I've had the honor to live and teach in Beijing, China, for CU Denver and am TESOL certified. Additionally, as adjunct faculty, I've had the privilege of teaching Rhet/Comp and ESL at multiple academic institutions throughout Colorado including CU Denver, Metropolitan State University, Community College of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College.

In 2017 I decided to transition to teaching High School English so that I could help students bridge the high school/college experience. I started at Venture Prep HS as the ELD Coordinator and Teacher, teaching both integrated and designated ELD courses before transitioning to DSST:GVR HS where I taught CU Succeeds/Senior English (concurrent enrollment).

I'm honored to have experience at both the secondary and collegiate level as both educational levels inform each other in terms of pedagogy and skill acquisition.

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Kristen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bradley University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Master of Arts, English Composition


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Tutoring Subjects


ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Research

Basic Computer Literacy

British Literature


Business Writing


CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature


Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IELTS - International English Language Testing System Prep

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry



Middle School Writing




PRAXIS English

PRAXIS Reading

PRAXIS Writing

Professional Certifications

SAT Writing and Language

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


World Literature


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