Kristen spent most of her career working for a non-profit early childhood company for nearly 20 years where she learned an immense amount about the industry that continues to be her passion. Kristen joined us when Apple Tree Children’s Centers was acquired by Cadence Education (formerly Phoenix Children’s Academy) in December of 2013. Through her work at Apple Tree, Kristen has consistently demonstrated fantastic abilities in profitably growing the schools, creating wonderful customer satisfaction, and making the schools a place where people want to work. Most importantly, she and her team and schools embody our Brand Promise every day.
For over 20 years, Kristen has dedicated her career to early childhood education. She brings Regional experience facilitating management development programs; health and safety programs with quarterly safety meetings with the school coordinators; preparing budgets for the schools; assisted in opening several new schools/programs; coordinated marketing programs.
Kristen grew up on the banks of the Mississippi in LaCrosse, WI. She has resided in Iowa since 1989, but still considers LaCrosse her “home.” Kristen has 2 daughters, Olivia (20) and Simone (15). In Kristen’s “spare” time, she enjoys being with her girls and traveling to exciting locales. She is always in search of an exciting book to read or a new walking trail to experience.
Kristen learned she had a passion for education and working with children at an early age, she had an entire classroom set up in her parent’s family room! So when deciding upon a major at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, the choice was an easy one. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and has been working in the field ever since. She started out with Apple Tree Children’s Center in 1993 as a classroom teacher and was soon promoted to Assistant Director. Toward the end of that year, she was promoted to Director and in 1997 opened a brand new school as Director. In 2001, she was accepted a dual role of Assistant Regional Director/Director position. In 2005 (with the addition of 2 more schools by that time), she became full-time Assistant Regional Director. In 2009, she was promoted to Regional Director.