About the Author

Kristen Ball is an educator and a life-long advocate of service learning and global studies. In 2005, she was awarded a scholastic grant and became the first Westerner to live in Sauri, Kenya. As a pioneer in developing the School-to-School partnership through Connect to Learn, Kristen and her students have kept alive the cultural exchange with students and teachers in East Africa. Her other adventures include hiking the Himalayas in Nepal and canoeing along the Mekong River in Cambodia on Where There Be Dragons educator program scholarships. She holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and Boston College. Kristen currently lives in her home-state of Connecticut.


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