Kristina Carssow is an NIET senior specialist for Texas. She has 18 years of experience as a campus teacher, TAP master coach, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Kristina has been a campus leader dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating instructional models that focus on teacher growth and student achievement. Kristina is a 2011 Milken Educator Award recipient and a 2016 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Fellow.
Before joining NIET, Kristina was a secondary social studies teacher, English language arts and social studies TAP master teacher, and middle school and high school assistant principal. Kristina has worked on teams to evaluate and revise district curriculum and develop specific instructional models and professional development structures at the middle school and high school campus level. Most recently, she worked to implement professional learning communities at the high school level with the focus on developing PLC leaders through ongoing professional development that she developed, implemented, and evaluated with a team of instructional coaches.
Kristina was active in the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a board member and state conference presenter, and was named Region 13 middle school principal of the year in 2019. She has a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.