Introducing Kristin Edlund
Riverview's New Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
“I’ve always been somebody who looks at how processes fit together, I’m just drawn to how systems work and where the different components converge.”
Riverview’s new Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Kristin Edlund, now has lots of new systems and processes to explore, learn, pull apart, and put back together again. Joining the district in July 2018, she brings nearly two decades of curriculum development, teaching, coaching, and programmatic support to the Riverview community.
“One set of my grandparents and my parents were teachers,” she shares. “I grew up around a lot of teachers and that was definitely my community!”
After graduating from the University of Washington as a geography major, and completing her Masters degree one year later, Edlund worked at Microsoft as a geocoder, working on the Encarta World Atlas. After reaching a career crossroads of sorts, her mother alerted her to a librarian position in the Tahoma School District.
“I was ready to teach fourth and fifth grade forever! I loved every minute of it. Then, I had the chance to work as a librarian, in junior high, and I quickly loved the integrative nature of it. A library has so many different elements to it - critical thinking, research, literature of course, but also opportunities to collaborate with teachers across all different content areas. There’s a management component from the administrative side; it really is such a diverse job.”
Loving the collaborative culture, Edlund worked with a colleague, whose 30 years of experience proved invaluable. “She taught me that a library can become the learning center of the school and taught me how to make it that for the students.” Soon, she had the opportunity to work alongside Nancy Skerritt, at the time, Tahoma’s Director of Teaching and Learning. For Edlund, it proved a life-changing, and career-changing, connection.
“Her vision is something we see everywhere now - process-based learning. More and more, we are faced with the complexities of the real world. And we need to ask important questions - what does it look like to be a reader, a writer, a thinker? How do we create a generation of people who no longer think it is acceptable to say, ‘I can’t do math?’ We want all of our young adults, regardless of what their post-graduation plans are, to find success in the ways which will carry them forward as they move through their post-education life.”
While Edlund brings a wealth of experience developing curriculum and coaching and guiding teachers and students to success, she loves getting into the classroom and seeing students and teachers working together to achieve success in a number of different capacities.
“I can’t do this work by simply sitting in my office and Riverview allows me the chance to see curriculum work done in real time. I want to try it out and stand with our teachers, and walk with them and work out the kinks with them. I also really need to experience kid time because, no matter what I do in an office or administrative setting, this work has to stay real.”