Kristina Pederson


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My name is Kristi Pederson I have taught 1st grade for almost 7 years. This is my 1st year at Chaparral Elementary School and I taught in Laveen before relocating here. I love to try new things and to have fun while learning. If there’s one thing I’ve discovered as a teacher, it is that we learn more when we set high expectations and have fun with it!

My entire family is from Wisconsin, but my husband and I moved to Phoenix in 2010 to get away from the snow. I have 2 adorable daughters, Ellie and Amelia, who are ages 5 and 3. We also have two cats, Felix and Ratchet who are the most social and loving cats ever! When I’m not teaching I’m bonding with my daughters, watching movies on Netflix, or playing family board games.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in English from UW-La Crosse in 2009. I then completed my Masters degree for Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University in the winter of 2012. I accepted my first 1st grade position in Laveen, AZ and taught there for 6 years. I needed a new adventure so I applied and was hired on here at Chaparral! I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Shark tank!