Kristen Callisto

Kristen CallistoKristen is in her second year of the Doctor of Education Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduating from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Religion, she joined Teach for America. She taught special education on Oahu while earning her M.Ed from the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. In 2010 she moved to Hawai’i (the Big Island) where she worked as a Student Services Coordinator at an elementary school on the side of an active volcano! In 2012 she began doing Race to the Top reform work for the district’s zone of innovation. In June, Kristen, her husband, and fat cat will move to D.C. where Kristen has a residency with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Having worked only in low-income communities, Kristen’s hope is that one day the quality of special education services a student receives will not be dependent on the teacher a student has or the community that they live in because every child deserves an excellent education.

Despite her travels, Kristen grew up the oldest of three just 30 minutes from Cambridge in Natick. A lifelong Red Sox and Patriots fan, she’s was excited that she finally got to go to TWO championship parades since moving back! She also loves to bake, read YA fantasy novels, and craft.