Karissa graduated from the University of Northwestern -St.Paul with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Biblical Studies. Her teaching journey began when she first started going to school to get her teaching license in 2012. She has experience in both secular and Christ centered preschools. Karissa has a passion for being able to share the love and word of Jesus with the children she teaches. She loves to see the work of Jesus flow through and bless the families and children she works with. Karissa is beyond excited to start her journey here at Northside and is dedicated to making a loving and home like environment to the classroom. She makes it a priority to make her students feel loved,cared for and seen each and every day. She encourages children to learn through play, exploration, and inquiry. Outside of the classroom, Karissa loves to travel, be with family and friends , spend time outside and has a love for coffee!