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My classroom in Mountain View, CA.

Hello there! My name is Kristine, a.k.a. Ms. B, and this blog is about my journey creating age appropriate, relatable and engaging curriculum to help prepare students for careers and life.  

Some background: I am a second generation American. Both of my parents immigrated from the Philippines and grew up in San Luis Obispo. They worked very hard to give us an incredible life in the U.S. I had an amazing childhood and witnessed my parents' tireless work ethic to create a successful business in Silicon Valley. However, with the recession in 2008, so many things changed and I realized that there were many things I wish I had learned in school.

Similarly, when I turned 18 and moved out, I kept running into situations as an adult where I was expected to know things and didn't. I didn't know what to expect at a job interview. I didn't know basic customer service skills. I didn't know how to read my paycheck or do my taxes. When I became a parent -- even more things. So I asked my parents. I asked relatives. I asked friends. I figured out the hard way. And slowly, I learned some of those answers.

As a I settled into my job as a High School Special Education Teacher, I was given the assignment to teach Life Skills to students with mild/moderate learning disabilities. Eventually, that class evolved to being called Career Connections and "What I Wish I'd Learned in School" was born. The goal is to start to fill that discrepancy between what is taught in school and what is expected in the real world. 

It is my deepest hope that you will find resources here that can help your students during such a critical time in their lives. Thank you so much for your part in uplifting our youth and for helping them realize their potential beyond the common curriculum. 

Most Sincerely,


Point Lobos, Carmel-By-The-Sea

My Family in Upstate NY

Kristine Bautista


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

Current Position

Mountain View-Los Altos High School District

Education Specialist (8 years)

Experience as a Special Educator
  • District Special Education Department Chair and Coordinator (2014-2017)
  • AVID Site Team member
  • Latino Outreach Group member
  • Recipient of 2016, 2017 and 2019 MVLA Innovation Grant
  • Former Instructional Assistant (3 years)
  • Former 1:1 Instructional Assistant for a student with a hearing impairment (2 years)

Education Consulting Experience
Worked with Regions 3 and 4 to improve efficacy of transition curriculum. Conducted virtual learning trainings.

Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA - Consultant
Worked with the Transition team to improve efficacy of transition services associated with WorkAbility, Transition Partnership Program and CalWorks grants.

Fremont Unified School District, Fremont, CA - 
Worked with Special Education Department to improve efficacy of transition programs and to facilitate collaboration and goal setting.


Presented at the WorkAbility Region 3/4 Professional Career Training. April/May 2020.

Presented at the Ed Tech Team Napa Valley Summit. October 2019.

Presented at the Inclusion Collaborative Conference. "Life After IEP's: A Curriculum Framework for Transition." October 2018.

Presented 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 Oakland Unified's Workability Professional Development Training. 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.

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