Academic Adviser, Upward Bound
Location: Booth Library
What I Find Rewarding About D&E:
I am inspired when I see personal connections happening on campus. There is a genuineness and vitality when professors and staff interact with our Upward Bound students, and our students therefore grow in response to this interaction. D&E is a safe and healthy home base for our students and their families to be guided to and through post-secondary success. So rewarding!
In her role as an academic adviser with Upward Bound, Khristi facilitates academic and personal development of college-bound high school students. She coordinates assessment, tutoring and conducts individual conferences with participants. She also assists in implementation of support services for participants, in-school visitation, individual meetings with students and/or parents, and works with high school staff to implement service delivery. In addition, Khristi serves as the Upward Bound Bridge Program coordinator. Through the Bridge Program she provides one-on-one academic and career development counseling along with group sessions for participants. She also monitors and documents student academic progress, consults with college instructors on student progress, plans and facilitates seminars, and supervises program activities.
- B.A. Education, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va.
- B.A. Psychology, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Khristi has more than 22 years of experience working with youth.
Prior to joining Upward Bound, she helped develop and implement course plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of homeschooled students in grades kindergarten through high school. She has also served as a private tutor.
In the public school system, Khristi has assisted preschool and early-intervention teachers, directed the summer program and after-school program for Upshur County students and taught second grade.
Khristi has received training in the following areas:
- FAFSA and West Virginia Financial Aid
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Title IX
- Ruby Payne Understanding Poverty
- College Goal Sunday
- Observation Survey Training
- Microsoft Word Tips, Tricks and Techniques
- Quick Units Involving Learning Techniques
- Informal Math Assessment
- Writing Across Curriculum
- Kansas Writing Strategies
In addition, Khristi has attended numerous other technology and professional growth sessions, staff development training, workshops and colleague collaborations.
Khristi is a member of the Mid-Eastern Association of Equal Opportunity Program Personnel and the WV TRiO Association. She has participated in College Goal Sunday and is a test administrator for the Iowa Tests.
In her spare time, Khristi enjoys volunteer work. She has volunteered for College Goal Sunday and the West Virginia Highland Dancers, and has served her church community as the youth choir director, a Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher and the college Bible study facilitator, in addition to serving as a teacher for the United Methodist Church's annual children's conference. She has also worked with a mentoring program, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and West Virginia home educator groups.