Kristin was born and raised in southern California, frequently taking advantage of her proximity to the beach, the mountains, and Disneyland.
After a high school career filled with varsity soccer, marching band, and AP classes, she went to California State Polytechnic University Pomona where she majored in mathematics. While there, she was on Dean’s List every year, was awarded the John and Rosetrina Flaig Mathematics Scholarship, did research as a Robert E. McNair scholar, and graduated summa cum laude. She spent Thursday afternoons volunteering to tutor K-12 students in a low-income neighborhood and served food to the homeless on weekends. She also spent time in Zimbabwe, Africa with VisionTrust International, where she provided mentorship and nutrient-dense food to children. She received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and moved across the country to pursue her Ph.D. at MIT, where she was awarded the Dean of Science Fellowship.
Kristin began tutoring in 6th grade when her brother and his friends needed help with their 7th-grade math homework. Since then, she has been looking for opportunities to help others understand difficult concepts and have fun doing so. At MIT, she developed skills for effective and comprehensive teaching through the Kauffman Teaching Certificate program and is a member of the MIT Mathematics Department Diversity Advisory Committee. She has twice been a TA for freshman calculus and has also worked closely with MIT’s free online education platform, MITx. With the MITx team, she helped create and review course content as well as write scripts for and appear in online video lectures in differential equations. She also had the opportunity to TA an online calculus course which reached a global audience of over 20,000 students.
In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing center midfield for MIT’s women’s club soccer team and baking any cookie recipe she can find on Pinterest. She is also on the special events committee for the USS San Juan Family Readiness Group and occasionally helps her husband build Lego Star Wars ships.