Kristina Bodamer is the chair of the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program within Ashford University’s College of Education. She holds an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and a BS in Elementary Education from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. In addition, she is pursuing her PhD in Educational Philosophy with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, from the University of the Rockies. Prior to joining Ashford, she was an elementary educator for twelve years, where she served as an instructional coach, mentored new teachers, and chaired many committees. Ms. Bodamer also has experience supervising student teachers and teaching in the traditional higher education classroom. Ms. Bodamer was an Associate Instructor at Ashford for over three years before joining the College of Education as a full-time core faculty in 2012. In 2017, she became the chair of the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program. “My goal as an educator is to help future caregivers and educators become an advocate and an inspiration to the children they teach and their families.” Her advice to incoming students is: “Find your passion or dream, and use the opportunities that your education affords to reach those dreams.” Besides spending as much time as possible with her husband and three young children, Ms. Bodamer enjoys coaching and playing both basketball and softball.