Kristin Burke is the Lead Teacher in the Hummingbird classroom. This is Kristin's 4th year at UMCS. She holds a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU East Bay. She completed her Primary Montessori Teacher Training at MTEC. Prior to joining UMCS, Kristin worked for three years as a Kindergarten teacher and five years as a preschool teacher. In addition to teaching, Kristin spent six years working as an editor in the educational textbook publishing industry. True to Maria Montessori's vision, Kristin feels committed to education that begins in the body and reveals itself through purposeful, connected, and creative movement. She is currently nurturing her enthusiasm for education and body movement by working towards a Foundations of Dance Teaching Certificate through Luna Dance Institute and an Integrated Learning Specialist Program Certificate through Alameda County Office of Education.