Kristen E. Klay

Master of Arts in Teaching

Kristen E. Klay


Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education


ESOL, Multiple Subjects

Teaching Strengths

  • Title 1 school student teaching
  • ESOL endorsement (I love working with ELL students)
  • Differentiated instruction (comfortable teaching diverse students and abilities)
  • 10 years of college-level language teaching experience
  • Fluent in German, some Spanish
  • Successful grant writer
  • GLAD and SIOP strategies
  • Daily 5
  • Familiar with Bridges and Investigations math curricula
  • Practice of multicultural education
  • PLC team experience


  • University of California, Davis, BA (German and international relations)
  • University of California, Berkeley, MA (German literature - one-year study abroad at University of Göttingen)
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • Willamette University, MAT

Teacher Research Topic

Improving the quality of independent work time during the Daily 5


Student Teaching

  • Scott Elementary School, Salem, Oregon, grade 3 (Title I, 15 ELLs/26 students)

Practicum Teaching

  • Miller Elementary School, Salem, Oregon, grade 1 (35 first graders)

Classroom Observations (90 hours)

  • Dual-language classes at Grant & Harritt Elementary Schools, Salem, Oregon

Other Experience

  • Volunteer grant writer (awarded $2,000 grant for fifth-grade Outdoor School), Harritt Elementary School, fall 2009
  • Classroom volunteer, Harritt Elementary School, Salem, Oregon (6+ years)
  • Founder and chapter leader of Salem R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
  • German instructor, Willamette University, fall 2010 & fall 2011
  • English as a foreign language instructor, Hochschule Harz, Germany, 1996-2001
  • English as a foreign language instructor, University of Göttingen, Germany, 1996-1997
  • German graduate student instructor, UC Berkeley, 1989-1993


Student Teaching Supervisor

  • Caprice Rose, Scott Elementary School, Salem, Oregon

Practicum Supervisor

University Supervisor