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The Team

Kristina Knobelsdorff, PhD
Director of Reading and Writing Programs

Kristina joined The Learning Consultants in 2007, shortly after completing her PhD in English at the University of Connecticut.  There, she got her sea legs as a teacher, coaxing undergraduates to think and write critically.

In 2008, Kristina also began doing consulting work for Scholastic, inspired by the company’s mission helping raise literacy rates in urban schools.  Over the next decade, she coached hundreds of teachers throughout the Northeast.  Kristina quickly became a valued member of her Scholastic team and earned a reputation in school districts for her teaching and coaching expertise.  As one teacher wrote, Kristina’s “experience, suggestions, feedback, and leading through examples were second to none.”

In 2015, after Scholastic sold its educational division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kristina continued with HMH, but began contemplating a career change that would free up more time for writing and the teaching of writing.

In 2018-2019, Kristina successfully led a large-scale HMH project in Middletown Public Schools, part of the Superintendent’s plan to raise students’ math and reading achievement.  HMH’s work included 250+ days of coaching for teachers and principals.  As Project Manager, Kristina provided both high-level oversight and on-the-ground coaching.  She wore other hats too—relationship builder, coordinator, liaison, data analyst, problem solver, and facilitator.   Although this was only the first year of a three-year plan, the district exceeded its goals by the end of the year, with unprecedented student growth in both math and reading.

In July 2019, Kristina left HMH and now devotes herself full time to all things writing.