Kristen originally dreamed of becoming a veterinarian when she grew up. While taking animal medicine classes in high school, she discovered that her school also shared space with a preschool. She immediately fell in love with teaching young children and stopped her pre-vet courses in favor of picking up early childhood education classes. While attending school, Kristen is also working at a local church as a caregiver on Sundays and is thrilled to have found a position so closely related to her major that is also flexible to fit with her school schedule. Kristen’s love of children is clear when she says teaching “fills my heart with joy to hear their laughter, care for their pain, guide their hearts, teach to understand, inspire their minds, and believe in each child.” Congratulations, Kristen!