About Us

Kristen Rafferty holds her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and has been teaching since 2007. She is a Newsela Certified Educator, was part of the very first Newsela Resource Writer cohort, and is also a Buncee Ambassador and Sutori Storyteller. Most notably, however, she’s a dedicated, passionate teacher of fourth graders at Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis, MN who shares a love of books, technology, and laughter with her students. Follow her on Twitter @MissKRafferty


Tyler Overstreet earned his B.A. in History and Education from the University of Illinois and has been teaching since 2011. He is a Newsela Certified Educator, Newsela Teacher Trainer, Newsela Resource Writer, and a Google Certified Educator. Tyler is a high school teacher in Danville, Illinois and is passionate about providing students a voice while creating an authentic and hands-on classroom. Tyler teaches sophomores through seniors in a co-taught English and History classroom. Follow him on Twitter @MrOverstreet101


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