Kristine (Kristi) Mraz is an award-winning expert in early childhood teaching and learning, including her cutting edge work on play-based child development and classroom artifacts.
She is currently a kindergarten teacher in New York City and brings her years of experience consulting and teaching to her work with schools. Her work centers around the lives and passions of young learners, sharing practices with educators that support a growth mindset; play-based learning; student ownership over classroom spaces, artifacts, and decision making; which all culminate in deep, engaged literacy learning and achievement. For her work, Kristi is recipient of the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award which honors exemplary professional work in the field.
Kristi is the co-author of several books including Kids First from Day One (with Christine Hertz); Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies (with Marjorie Martinelli); A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth (with Christine Hertz); and Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day (with Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler).
In addition to her teaching and writing, Kristi speaks regularly at state and national conferences, including LEARNING & the Brain Conference; Literacy for All; TCTELA; ILA and NCTE.
Kristi works with teachers on developing responsive and reflective curricula, as well as presenting on topics like developing structures for successful reading and writing workshops, supporting emergent readers and writers, and incorporating rigorous and joyful play into every classroom.