Kristin was born and raised in southern California, frequently taking advantage of her proximity to the beach, the mountains, and Disneyland. She attended California State Polytechnic University Pomona where she majored in mathematics and graduated summa cum laude. While there, she was awarded the John and Rosetrina Flaig Mathematics Scholarship, did research as a Robert E. McNair scholar. 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 PhD at MIT, where she was awarded the Dean of Science Fellowship. Kristin now works in the MIT Math Department as a Digital Learning Postdoc. In this role, Kristin helps develop digital content on the MITx platform for both residential and online mathematics courses.
Kristin began tutoring in 6th grade when her brother and his friends needed help with their 7th-grade math homework. At MIT, she developed skills for effective and comprehensive teaching through the Kauffman Teaching Certificate program. She was a member of the MIT Mathematics Department Diversity Advisory Committee and the MIT Women Advisory Group. 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 the summer of 2018, Kristin served as the instructor for Calculus III: Differential Equations for the Minority Introduction To Engineering and Science program through the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs. In the spring of 2019, she led the MIT residential freshman calculus course on her own while utilizing MITx course content. In April 2019, Kristin was recognized as one of MIT's Graduate Women of Excellence for her leadership, service, mentoring, and drive to improve the student experience.
In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing soccer and baking any cookie recipe she can find on Pinterest.