Kristin Joy Vallis Hall joined the DVFS faculty in 2017. She teaches 10th Grade Chemistry and 6th & 7th Grade Science. Kristin is also the co-faculty advisor for S.A.F.E., the school's gay/straight alliance. Kristin comes to DV from the culinary world where she held a number of instructional roles. She has also taught science and culinary courses in summer programs.
Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
I love the students. They are so dynamic and interesting that they push me to problem solve. This small-knit community supports everyone and I immediately felt at home.
Q: How do you help students with learning differences learn?
Chemistry can be a difficult subject so I try to be as animated and engaging as possible. I don’t take myself too seriously so my students know that my classroom is a safe place to learn. They may fail but this is where they can learn and grow. I am there every step of the way.
Q: What is a unique experience or talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I love to cook and I am classically trained so I try to incorporate examples of “everyday chemistry” in my curriculum. Relating Chemistry to real-life examples builds context. Context helps students internalize the material and really understand it.
Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
I enjoy the flexibility to assess where my students are and where they need to go. I have the freedom to craft my curriculum to reflect their needs.
Q: How do your other roles at DV provide a different perspective on the school and the students?
I never want a student to feel as though they don’t have an adult that cares about them or someone willing to listen. I enjoy seeing DVFS from a different perspective and allowing the students to work with me in a different way.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not at DV?
I love to cook, read, run, write and spend time with my husband, Billy and our dog, Sage.