Kirstin Ivy is presently serving as a high school English teacher in Keller ISD. Previously, Kirstin was a middle school special education teacher and then a dyslexia specialist. She earned a B.A. in English, graduating summa cum laude. In 2019 and 2020, Kirstin earned master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Texas, both with a 4.0 average. She is pursuing her third master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration, this time from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. While not teaching or attending school, Kirstin continues the work in development that she began while spending a year outside of the classroom working for nonprofit organizations in north Dallas. Since her return to the classroom, Kirstin’s passion for providing equitable access to education has amplified, as has her understanding of how assiduously stressors outside of school impact and compromise students’ ability to learn. She believes that empowering students through comprehensive support, employing restorative practices, and establishing a campus culture of belonging are cornerstones to achieving lasting success. Kirstin began her work in the volunteer sector in 2006 when she began working with an international mission partnership in Honduras that was founded on building committed and responsive relationships, which is a central tenet of her work today.