Kristy grew up as a self described Army brat. After years of living in a variety of cultures and geographic locations, she realized that her heart belongs to the mountains of Colorado. Her teaching career began in Leadville, Colorado, in a small school district at an elevation over 10,000 feet. Eventually, she found herself in the Douglas County School District near Denver, Colorado’s third largest district. She developed a belief that the classroom should transcend physical walls and be rich with opportunities for students to apply their learning to real-life situations, thus developing competencies for success in life beyond school. It was that passion that led her to use Project-based Learning to transform her classes.
Mrs. Lathrop’s passion to help and equip has led her into educational consulting where she develops and facilitates professional development for educators in the United States and internationally. Kristy’s areas of expertise include adult learning, science, STEM, constructivism, inquiry, coaching, and Project-based Learning. She and her colleagues have also published books on collaboration, social and emotional learning, and High Quality Project Based Learning.
Kristy lives in Colorado with her family, and enjoys traveling (when there’s not a pandemic), biking, skiing, and convincing her family to join her on outdoor adventures.