Kristina Smith grew up in a small town outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Initially majoring in psychology at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, two years later she transferred to the University of South Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Upon graduating, she began her teaching career with Hillsborough County Public Schools, where she taught students with various learning disabilities, ranging from grades prekindergarten to fifth. Continuing to pursue her love of helping children, she attended Florida State University where she graduated with her Master of Social Work degree. This degree allowed her to provide therapy to children with emotional and mental health disorders. After gaining two years of experience, she narrowed her focus back onto children with learning difficulties. Since 2014, she has trained in Orton-Gillingham, taught numerous students who struggle with reading, and has co-authored a curriculum for teachers who wish to help their struggling students with reading. Kristina is still an educator and resides in Panama City Beach, Florida with her husband. To learn more about Kristina and co-author Heather MacLeod-Vidal and their resources for struggling readers, please visit their website treetopseducation.com or search Treetops Educational Interventions on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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