Kristie Kay grew up on the Big Island of Hawai’i, where she learned the importance of preserving culture, building community and cultivating an appreciation for our Earth. During college she had the opportunity to participate in a volunteer trip to rehabilitate the native ecosystems of New Zealand, furthering her determination to protect natural environments for future generations.
Kristie graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. During her ten years of professional experience, she was honored with several awards for her lesson planning and teaching abilities, including 1st place prize for the creation and implementation of a month-long unit on the Southwest Native Americans in the 2013 Imagine Arizona contest. She also received the 2014 SEDI Teacher Award for Sustainability Curriculum (TASC).
A few years ago, Kristie took her education interests to the “field,” voyaging around the world and traveling independently to different 80 countries. Now, with numerous certifications, years of teaching, and a passion for education and service, Kristie operates her own business to tailor education to students’ needs. She aims to be part of a larger goal of shaping and educating others to be global citizens who can make a difference in our world. She is passionate about inspiring VISIONS participants to attain a global perspective and the strength of character that will allow them to excel in their academics, personal relationships and future careers.
Kristie previously worked as a VISIONS leader in Mississippi. Now returning to VISIONS as the BVI program director, she hopes to embody and encourage the qualities of a balanced, intelligent world citizen: intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, passion for learning, ethical responsibility, self-reliance and community engagement.
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