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Conversations with Kristen Acosta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Acosta.

Kristen Acosta

Thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, how did you get started?
I specialize in K-8th math education. I have been an educator for 25 years. Not being the best at math while growing up, I wanted to make math enjoyable and obtainable for all students. About 8 years ago, I started a blog/website (KristenAcosta.com) where I shared visual routines that helped my students. I started speaking at math conferences all over the United States. My work started getting recognized because I gave away many free resources for teachers. Best of all, my work had been used at schools that saw growth in their math scores. It’s an incredible feeling to have an impact on so many more students than just one classroom. Now, I work with schools and districts to train teachers with easy-to-use resources their students will love.

I’m sure it wasn’t obstacle-free, but would you say the journey has been fairly smooth so far?
I wouldn’t have tried it if it was a smooth road. I love the idea of conquering new challenges. With every new challenge comes lessons to be learned. Every new challenge grows your brain! I needed help finding the best people to help build my website/brand, publish my book, and get my name out there. I found a few people in my inner educator circle to trust and rely on for feedback. I’ve learned to listen to my gut instinct rather than criticism.

I appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m an educator who specializes in training teachers in math routines for kindergarten through eighth grades. I’m proud that my work was integral to one school’s math scores rising by 10 percent. I’m most proud when I hear back from teachers and their successes with their students. What sets me apart from other math consultants is that my humor and outgoing nature engage teachers with my presentation.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Risk-taking is about having faith that everything is going to work out. Before I take a risk, I do my homework, weigh the risks versus the benefits, and determine my value to a project. Sometimes, it works out, and you reap the benefits. Other times, you fail. But every time you fail, you learn something from it.

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Conference for the Advancements of Mathematics Teaching Dr. Kristopher J Childs. Patricia Vandenberg

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