Director of Curriculum
Kristina holds a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Special Education from Marymount Manhattan College and is completing a graduate degree in Arts Education, focused on creativity in the classroom. A lifelong visual and performing artist, Kristina began her career in education as a speech therapist for autistic children. She was able to reconnect with her love for the arts by utilizing an arts-integrated approach to traditional therapy. She developed and implemented an active learning literacy program for Title I schools in New York City, working collaboratively with New York University and LeAp, Inc. This multi-year project sparked a passion for arts-integrated curriculum development and training and coaching educators and administrators through engaging, professional learning opportunities.
For nearly 20 years, Kristina has been an active arts educator, administrator, and activist focused on bringing progressive arts and education programming and professional learning opportunities to public schools, shelter programs, and community centers. She is also the founder of Creative and Curious, an early childhood art program focused on emergent curriculum and process-based art. Kristina joined the summer leadership team at Appel Farm in 2017 as the Head of Visual Arts and became the Arts Integration and STEAM Education Director in the fall of 2019.
Email Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lover of coffee, cats, Lego, neurodiversity podcasts, creativity, word games, and collecting art supplies.