Kristin Sovis joined MACF as Postsecondary Education Leader in August of 2022. A Saginaw native and long-time Midlander, Kristin has been a public educator in Michigan for 18 years. Most recently, Kristin was a teacher educator at Central Michigan University, instructing courses and coordinating K-12 clinical fieldwork opportunities for education students. In her 6 years at CMU, she most enjoyed teaching developmental writers in partnership with CMU Writing Center student tutors. Prior to this, she did similar work at Saginaw Valley State University and at Western Michigan University. And before her journey as a teacher educator began, Kristin taught high school English for 6 years at H. H. Dow High School.
Throughout her career, Kristin’s pedagogy, along with her research and scholarship, has been rooted in culturally-responsive teaching and equity frameworks. While Kristin’s formal education includes a BA in English Education (WMU), a MA in Teaching (SVSU), and a Ph.D. in English Education (WMU), it is collaborations with learners, colleagues, and community members that has provided her the richest personal and professional growth opportunities. Through relationships and community connectedness, she believes we can bring diverse educational opportunities and support systems to all, including our community’s most vulnerable. Further, she believes this is her professional and civic responsibility.
Kristin is committed to systemic equity-based initiatives in education, including expanding MACF’s equity and needs-based scholarships and reducing barriers in post-secondary education attainment in our community. As coordinator of MACF’s Midland Community Career and College Access Network (MCCAN), she works with individuals in local K-12 schools, higher education, philanthropy, workforce development, business, and government to support a college-going culture in our community.
Kristin loves to camp and spend time outdoors with her family, explore Michigan’s trails and beaches, cheer on her kids in sports and activities, coach youth sports, read, write, and lift up others.
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Kristin loves to hike City Forest, hang out with her kids at neighborhood parks, walk the Rail Trail, and frequent local eateries and shops.