Kiersten has been an educator for the past twenty-two years. They have held teaching positions in New York State at the elementary and high school levels, served as a literacy coach in an elementary school, and now teaches full-time in an educator preparation program.
Kiersten has taught the following classes at SUNY New Paltz:
- EED 301: Fieldwork Experience I
- EED 303: Fieldwork Experience II
- EED 393: Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
- EED 370: Teaching Diverse Populations in Early Childhood and Elementary School
- EED 375: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School I
- EED 376: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School II
- EED 510: Teaching Writing & Multimodal Text Production for Literacy Leaders
- EED 757: Clinical Practices in Literacy
- EED 759: Action Research for Literacy Leaders
- EDS 549: Issues in Literacy for Diverse Learners
- EDI 233: Education Seminar
She is now an Associate Professor of Literacy at the State University of New York at New Paltz and serves as the Department Chair in the Department of Teaching & Learning. Kiersten teaches literacy methods courses to pre- and in-service elementary school teachers, and offers professional learning experiences on topics ranging from antiracism to technology integration. Each of their courses are grounded in an antiracist framework and set against a digital pedagogy backdrop Students learn how to build websites, develop digital storytelling skills, and deepen their knowledge of digital citizenship and building teaching and learning experiences for an equitable society.