Kristi Anderson is from Apple Valley and attended Northwestern College in St. Paul. As part of her education, she student taught 10th and 11th grade English and 12th grade AP Literature at Bloomington Jefferson High School. She also student taught 9th grade English at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville. After graduation, Anderson was a day to day substitute teacher until she was appointed to a long term substitute position at Robbinsdale Middle School teaching 7th grade English. Currently, at YME she teaches 9th and 10th grade English.
AT: What brings you to YME?
KA: A job in education is what attracted me to YME originally. I wanted to come to YME after going to a small college, because I realized I enjoyed the community aspect of a small town. I thought YME had a lot to offer, and it is only two hours away from the Cities or St. Cloud, and it is about an hour from any place I would need to shop so it is a great location. I would say that I am passionate about teaching English and making it appealing to all students. I am also active in going to all of my students activities. I can be found running with the cross country team, watching the tennis and volleyball matches, and helping out at the high school football games! I love being involved in my students lives because they are wholistic people and I want to show them I support them inside and outside of school!
AT: Why’d you become a teacher, and what’s the best part?
My high school English teachers encouraged me to become a teacher due to their passion about learning, and willingness to push me every day in the classroom. I think the best aspect about my job is the opportunity to share my passion to educate, encourage, and to be a positive influence in the lives of my students.
AT: What do you expect to be the most challenging aspect of your work?
KA: I honestly think of any and every challenge as an opportunity to grow. So, I do not think it is challenging per se, but an occasion to persevere and improve.
AT: What do you bring that is unique?
KA: I think my outgoing personality and creativity is something that I bring uniquely to the profession. I am enthusiastic about bringing new techniques and technology into the classroom and engaging all students.
AT: Tell us about your family?
KA: My dad, Dennis, works for Delta Airlines and my mom, Kathy, works for Northwestern College where she teaches Biblical Worldview classes. I have two older brothers. Derek who works for R&D Systems, and is married with 3 children, is also expecting twins sometime this spring! My other brother, Daniel, works for Microsoft, is married and has a son. I also have an identical twin sister who was recently married and is teaching in Eagan.
Page 2 of 2 - AT: What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy activities--whether attending, watching or by participating myself. I play golf, soccer, and run. I also enjoy reading and going to the Cities to visit family and friends on the weekends.