Kristina Smith grew up in Crofton, Maryland, a tiny suburb of Annapolis. After graduating high school, she moved to Irvine, California, to attend Irvine Valley College where she majored in psychology. After completing two years, she moved to Tampa, Florida to attend the University of South Florida, where she majored in Sociology. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree, she began her teaching career at Lowry Elementary School, where she taught students with various diagnoses, ranging from grades pre-K to fifth. Wanting 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 currently tutors students online and resides in Panama City, Florida with her husband, Peter.
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