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About Mrs. Kristen Drake

Kristen Drake graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Leo College in 1997 where she earned a full tuition Trustees Academic Scholarship, Florida Academic Scholarship, and the "Chappie" James Most Promising Teacher Scholarship. She earned a Master of Education from University of West Georgia in 2014 and was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Student in the Early Childhood Education Program. She is certified in elementary education and middle grades language arts. She has Tier I Educational Leadership certification with additional endorsements in gifted and coaching.

Mrs. Drake taught first, second, and third grades in both public and private schools. She was recognized with the Charlie Lovern Human Spirit Award from the Dogwood Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Education, an award given annually to a general education teacher for extraordinary effort to enrich the quality of life of students with special needs. She earned the Milken Award for Excellence in Education "to celebrate, elevate and activate exemplary K-12 educators." Mrs. Drake received a Proclamation from the City of Doraville for "contributions to the education and welfare of young people in this City." The 11 Alive Class Act Award recognized Mrs. Drake as "an elite teacher who unlocks students minds, advances their knowledge, and makes a difference in their daily lives."

Mrs. Drake earned grants from organizations including Junior League of DeKalb County, Rotary Club of Dunwoody, and Dart Container Corporation. Grants included board games for struggling students, math flashcards for an entire grade level, and a field trip to the Seminole Landfill for the entire grade level. Additional grants included technology, books for shared reading, and pedal exercisers.

Mrs. Drake later coordinated unpaid internships for high school juniors and seniors. The QUEST Internship and two of interns were recognized with a Proclamation from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

Mrs. Drake now works with teachers and administrators to support students. In addition to facilitating professional development in her district, Kristen presented at Milken Educator Forum, Georgia Reading Association (GRA) Conference, Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Georgia Educational Technology Consortium (GaETC) Conference, and Georgia Association for Gifted Children (GAGC) Convention. She also shared practices with colleagues during webinars from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). External audiences include Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and DeKalb's Environmental Council. She works with the gifted and reading endorsement programs in DeKalb County School District.

Mrs. Drake loves to hear from former students. She taught at Saint Joseph School in Marietta, Norcross Elementary, Donnellan School/Holy Spirit Preparatory, Vanderlyn Elementary, and Hightower Elementary. She also coordinated internships at all high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Kristen can be reached via email at kristendrake@worksheetless.com.

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