Kristina was born and raised in Los Angeles. As she grew up, her family had their own successful small business. She learned first-hand about the importance of preparation, honesty, flexibility, responsiveness to the needs of others, and hard work. She also saw how changes in the economy can affect families. These early lessons in resilience and organizational skills have benefitted her in everything she does and she drew on them to manage online schooling for the students she was teaching as well as for her own children during the pandemic. Kristina knows how to get things done and will bring that ability to schools that are struggling to help students overcome the disruptions they experienced.
Kristina graduated from California State University at Northridge with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a California K-8 teaching credential. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Education Leadership at the renowned Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York. While studying there, she met her husband Christian, who is a high school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
When looking to settle down, she and Christian were attracted to Simi Valley's small-town appeal and excellent schools. They moved to their present home in Simi Valley in 2011 and started their family. Their two children attend a local SVUSD school where Kristina is a frequent volunteer. She also serves as a member of the PTA executive board
Kristina, Christian, and their children are deeply connected to the Simi Valley community. Both children run track on Simi Valley's track team, the Running Rebels, and are also active in Simi Valley's 4-H chapter. They are regular patrons of the Simi Valley Public Library. Their daughter is a member of the Girl Scouts and Kristina is an active volunteer for her troop, serving as co-chair for cookie sales this year. They are avid cyclists and frequently bike on our local streets and trails for fun, exercise, and family time. You may have spotted them on their current quest to ride on every street in Area D at least once.