Kristen grew up in Colorado and earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum and teaching endorsement from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an avid Buffs fan. She earned her administration endorsement from the University of Denver. She taught a multitude of secondary English and literacy classes for 14 years and is passionate about supporting students in finding their voice in subjects and fields that ignite their interests and passions. Kristen and her husband Nick have two daughters, Amelia and Sloane, and a rescue puppy named Lola. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.