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Instructional Coach/Master Teacher

Welcome to Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Hankinson's web page! We are thrilled to be at Kullerstrand Elementary School. 

Our Mission Is Possible!!


Kullerstrand Mission Statement

Kullerstrand is a community where all children develop a lifelong appreciation for learning through high quality instruction while challenging themselves to achieve academic excellence.

We are excited to be a part of the Kullerstrand team. We look forward to seeing the growth of all our students. 

What is an Instructional Coach? 
An Instructional Coach is someone whose responsibility is
  • to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and students to improve student learning. At Kullerstrand we focus our support for teachers and the instructional coaching process with the goals of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity in schools.

My name is Crista Hankinson. I have been working with children ages 5-12 for over fifteen years. I began working with children in the School Age Enrichment programs with Jefferson County when I was in high school. I then worked seasonally while I completed my psychology degree at Colorado State University.  

The summer before my senior year in college, I came back to work with 
the SAE program and realized that I wouldn’t be happy doing anything but 
working with kids.  With that in mind I finished my undergraduate degree and 
applied to the University of Colorado Denver to get my teaching license and 
masters degree. 
I was so pleased when I was given the opportunity to work with the teachers at Kullerstrand Elementary School.  I am so impressed with the dedication and commitment level of the staff at our school. 
I spent seven years teaching fifth grade I felt I was ready for a change 
and some new challenges so I moved to third grade. I taught third grade for 5 years and  my thirteenth year working as an educator.  
I am so excited to begin the new school year and to get to know you and your family!


Crista Hankinson
Questions or comments?

Cheryl Clay                                                        Crista Hankinson
Master Teacher                                                  Instructional Coach
cclay@jeffco.k12.co.us                                     chankins@jeffco.k12.co.us