7007 Realm Drive, B3
San Jose, CA 95119
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Support Provider at Disability Auxiliary Center
San Jose State University, Mild/Moderate Credential
Santa Clara County Office of Education Inclusion Collaborative Cleared Credential
Mountain View-Los Altos High School District
Education Specialist (6 years)
Experience as a Special Educator
Education Consulting Experience
Oakland Unified School District, Oakland - Consultant
Worked with the Transition team to improve effectiveness with transition services associated with WorkAbility, Transition Partnership Program and CalWorks grants.
Presenting at the Inclusion Collaborative Conference. "Life After IEP's: A Curriculum Framework for Transition." October 2018.
Presenting at San Jose State University Summer Intern Institute, July 2018.
Presented at the Ed Tech Team California Summit. June 2018.
Featured Speaker at Future Profits Appreciation Dinner. May 2018.
Presented at the Ed Tech Team Orange County Summit. April 2018.
Presented at the Ed Tech Team Fresno Summit. January 2017.
Presented at the Ed Tech Team North State Summit. November 2017.
Presented at the WorkAbility Region 3 Training. October 2017.
Outstanding Candidate Award, San Jose State University, 2012.
Hi there, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Kristine. I am a graduate from UC Berkeley and received my mild/moderate special education credential from San Jose State University. Before teaching, I worked in the service industry. I was a server at 7+ restaurants while saving up money to travel and backpack. I worked for a few years in food journalism under a food critic and freelancing, but for some reason, special education kept "coming up." A lot of coincidences later, and I am in my 9th year working in special education in the bay area. My husband is also a special education teacher for high school. We have two daughters together.
In my first year of teaching, I was assigned a class called "Life Skills" and that is where this story begins. I realized that the curriculum I wanted just didn't exist.
I have endeavored to create curriculum that is easy to follow, relevant, and compelling for students. It's also meant to look organic: no fancy fonts...it doesn't look like it's from a professional curriculum company. It looks like it very well could have been made by you -- and that's the point. I think that when students see it as your handiwork, they are drawn to it.
Again, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. If you have any feedback on these products, feel free to email me anytime at kristine@whatiwishidlearnedinschool. Or, if you have any ideas for transition materials that might be helpful, please also drop me a line...I would love to connect about what has worked for you or what ideas you might have regarding secondary transition. I believe it can be better for our students.
“Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.” -- Robert M. Hutchins
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Alice in Wonderland