Language Arts & Social Studies, Middle School
Education: University of Washington, B.A. in English Literature; Seattle University, M.Ed. Adult Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Kristen Jeffrey fell in love with teaching while working with international students in Seattle. She taught ESL in intensive English programs for years before transitioning into adult basic education where she taught high school completion and college bridge classes. In 2018, she relocated to Bellingham to be near family. After teaching for a year at a community college, she joined The Franklin Academy where she enjoys using her experience preparing students to be successful college learners to similarly equip middle schoolers.
Kristen believes in teaching students how to be life-long learners. She sees her role in the classroom as a facilitator and co-collaborator and finds that given the right guidance, students can step into an active role in their own learning.
When she’s not in the classroom, Kristen loves reading, practicing yoga, spending time with her husband and two kids, and exploring Bellingham, her new home town.
A favorite saying, “What we know matters but who we are matters more.” ~
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