Kristen Ball, MA

Kristen’s passion for education has always been getting to know her students and building concepts and skills based on their individual interests, curiosities, and inspirations. With over fifteen years of teaching and school administrative experience, Kristen’s most recent role as an educator has been teaching middle school where she pioneered a School-to- School program connecting her students with students in rural East Africa. She tutors children ranging in age from early elementary school to college in math and the humanities, and – a certified yoga instructor – Kristen also teaches yoga with a focus on classes for kids and teens to promote wellness, and mindfulness, and to build and reinforce stress management. In addition to her work in schools, Kristen also has worked in educational publishing and nonprofit organizations. Kristen holds degrees from Boston College and Teachers College, Columbia University and is a middle grade book author. Her debut novel, A Calf Named Brian Higgins, is based on her experience living in rural Kenya and is being published by Red Chair Press with a release date of August 1, 2018. Kristen’s role at The Southfield Center is to provide academic tutoring; provide executive functions tutoring, guidance, and support in the areas of organization, prioritization, and time management for students; and incorporate yoga, including stretching, restorative movement, breathing, mindfulness, and stress management for students of all ages.

  • Master’s in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 30 Additional Graduate Credits in Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Experienced educator in academics and executive functions
  • Author of a middle grade novel
  • Former middle school teacher
  • Certified yoga teacher

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama