Kristen hails from Carthage NY. She attended Joan's School of gymnastics in Lowville, NY for 7 years. It was there she learned to grow professionally as a gymnast and an instructor helping youth. She was trained on everything from vast vault, floor, bar to beam. She also competed. It was back home where she caught the teaching bug. She volunteered with younger children, helping them learn basic gymnastic skills, such as cartwheels and splits and hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of gymnastics to the next generation.