Kristi Berlin

Kristi Berlin

Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration


St. Louis County Schools

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When I switched my major from Accounting to Business Education.
During my second year teaching, my superintendent told me I should consider my principal's license.
I moved from a suburban district to an inner city district and learned the struggles of a new school.
I spent a year as principals of two schools while building a third and managing the technology.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
St. James High School
Bachelor
Business Teacher Education
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Bachelor
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Minnesota State University-Mankato

Career

Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration

I plan, implement, and train teachers to teach and mentor students in a rural setting.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I am in constant communication with teachers, administrators, technicians, and curriculum publishers. I spend my day on the computer creating plans for implementation and training. I use resources from the many contacts I have built relationships with to carry out my job. I also have the opportunity to visit our schools and observe classrooms, meeting and having dialogue with teachers about what is working in their classrooms.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My career is about relationships. I have relationships with the people I work with in the central office and in the schools. I also have the relationships with the vendors and staff development professionals I collaborate with. I have received training in K-12 education for my bachelors degree as well as a masters degree and specialist degree in educational leadership. Most of my training comes from the 100s of hours of training I have received in my career on many different related topics.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

They need to know that they want to form relationships with students that will inspire them to be their best version of themselves. The education will give you the tools to teach and lead in the school. The most important part of being an educator is not what you learn in school, it is what is in your heart. My career has led me to be a teacher, assistant principal, principal and now director. The more I learn, the better I can do my job. However, my focus is always what is best for kids!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Teacher Education
undergrad
Bachelor
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Should I just go to business school or community college? Do I really have what it takes to go to college?"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues