Kristin Rademaker has been involved in education for over twenty years, spending the last 18 years teaching science in both general and special education settings. She has worked with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since their adoption in 2014 and has worked both locally and nationally in helping districts implement their new state standards.
Kristin serves as a professional development facilitator and instructional coach for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and also reviews NGSS aligned curriculum for Achieve's Peer-Review-Panel. Kristin is a 2017 recipient of the Robert E Yager Excellence in Teaching Award and was also named Yager Scholar of that year. In 2018 she received NSTAs Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2014, Kristin was selected as one of 16 high school teachers in Illinois to develop middle and high school storyline units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Kristin is a contributing author to the materials found on the NextGen Storylines website and frequently speaks at local, state, and national conferences on instructional shifts toward three-dimensional teaching and learning. Kristin is the former Secretary of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, and currently serves as President-Elect. She is also the co-founder of the NGSS Biology Storylining Working Group that has led teachers from vastly different backgrounds through the storylining curriculum development process. Kristin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education from Northern Illinois University as well as a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.