Special Education Teacher at Belton 124 School District
Living in Kansas, United States
Born in what is nicknamed “The Cave State”, Kirsten has spent many hours underground exploring Missouri’s thousands of caves. After participating in cave research on the declining populations of both bats and an endemic species of flatworm found only in one cave in the entire world, she realized what a strong impact humans are having on the environment. Even though caves are right below their feet, people often forget how they influence the fragile ecosystems within them.
Combining her love of science with her passion for educating people of all ability levels, Kirsten became a special education science teacher. Her goal is to make science education inclusive for all by instilling passion for science in all students. By educating the next generation on science and climate change, she hopes to make a lasting impact both in the caves in her home state and the entire world.