Kristin Baxter (b. 1971) grew up in Howard Beach, Queens, New York and went to P.S. 207Q until the 6th grade, when her family moved to the suburbs. She then attended a public middle school and high school in Mahwah, New Jersey. She set up her first classroom in her bedroom as a kid, complete with a chalkboard and stuffed animals as her students—foreshadowing her lifelong love of teaching and learning.
She earned degrees from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (B.A., Liberal Arts); Case Western Reserve University in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art (M.A., Art History and Museum Studies); and Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D., Art and Art Education). In 2016, she earned her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from the Yoga Loft in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with additional training in trauma-informed teaching practices from the Shanti Project in Easton, Pennsylvania and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Kristin is now associate professor of art and director of the Art Education Program at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She lives as an introvert in a creatively messy townhouse filled with art supplies, unfinished projects, books, guitars, ukuleles, and assorted yoga paraphernalia. She shares the mess with her retired racing greyhound, Marv Levy; her cat, Bumper; her two teenage children; and their parade of friends who stay up all night making deep-fried mozzarella sticks. She’s still not sure how she manages writing, artmaking, and self-care amid this gloriously full life.