- Child Abuse Prevention Specialist
- B.A. Elementary Education: Brigham Young University
Educator, Mitigation and Prevention Director
Kristin Long has been an educator in the Arizona Public Schools for over 20 years. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1992 with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. She began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching 1st grade at a low-income or “Title 1” school. After teaching for 4 years, Kristin began her Master’s program at Northern Arizona University studying Special Education while she started a family of her own. She completed half of the Master’s before accepting a Special Education position. She put her Master’s degree on hold while she continued to teach and raise a family.
Kristin lived what she passionately taught to children: become lifelong learners. Kristin continued her education as she taught all grade levels, from preschool to 6th grade. She worked as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, and a Reading Specialist. She received her ELA (English as a second language) certificate, her K-6 Reading Specialist Certificate, and has completed hundreds of hours of Professional Development classes with the Tempe, Gilbert, and Mesa School Districts. In 2006, Kristin and Judy Theobald, long time school counselor at Laird Elementary School, developed a bi-lingual preschool program. This program provided core instruction to students and provided parents tools to integrate the learning at home. This special program enabled parents and children to learn together, and set up a positive learning environment for families.
During her career, Kristin worked in the adoption field as a program Director. She assisted both birth families and adoptive families navigate the challenges of adopting.
As Kristin continued teaching, she completed forensic interview training. In 2015, Kristin began assisting the juvenile court by conducting family home visits to assure foster children placements were appropriate and healthy. Kristin also has paralegal training and experience and continues to work with young children as a teacher, tutor, and advocate addressing learning difficulties, IEP issues, teacher bullying, and more.
Kristin is the mother of 3 children. She enjoys bike rides, coffee, traveling, and spending time with her children, grand-children, and dogs. The learning continues.
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I approach each case individually and am passionate about fighting for my clients and am dedicated to providing the best educational and legal advocacy possible.
Many people are overwhelmed by the legal and educational system and are unsure what to expect. I take the time to explain the process and address the realistic options about what sort of outcomes could be expected. I’ve found this approach gives clients a sense of control over their future, bringing peace of mind. Communicating throughout every part of the process, and answering questions as they arise, keeps everyone on the same page until the matter is resolved.
Spending time in the juvenile courts has made me familiar with the judges, prosecutors and procedures in the juvenile justice system. I approach juvenile defendants with dignity and respect, but also with honesty about the gravity of the choices they’ve made.