Kristin Allen is currently a Literacy Specialist in Regional School District 13. Prior to that, she had been a Special Education teacher for 15 years. Kristin holds a B.A. in Elementary Education as well as a M.A in Special Education from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified Dyslexia Practitioner through IDA and IMSLEC and is an Orton Gillingham trainer through Western Massachusetts Learning Center. Kristin is also CERI certified as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist. Within her district, Kristin has provided Orton Gillingham training to special education teachers, interventionists, general education teachers as well as parents. She has also conducted several professional developments focused on the topics of the Science of Reading, Dyslexia and Structured Literacy. Kristin is considered a Mid-Level Leader for the special education department within her district and is also a TEAM mentor.
Outside of the district, Kristin serves on the Early Childhood Council, is the President of the International Dyslexia Association of Ct and is a consultant for Blueprint Shoreline.
On a personal note, Kristin lives and operates a small farm in Durham, CT with her husband and two children. Kristin’s favorite quote is, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better (Maya Angelou)”. She strongly believes that if we want to foster lifelong learners, we as educators, also have to continue to be lifelong learners, which is something that she has gained insight of over the course of her career and has positively impacted her approach to teaching and ultimately the students she has supported, whether directly or indirectly. She is passionate, determined and committed to making a difference in the lives of students that struggle with reading and firmly believes that learning to read is a Civil Right that all students should have equitable access to.