Kristen Pierce joined the Meridian primary special education team in September 2017. Kristen and her family have lived in Austin for many years and she earned a bachelors degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin. She is working through an alternative certification program to gain her final certificates in special education. Her first career took her into the areas of design, illustration and production, working in the areas of graphic design, publication and advertising. However, Kristen became involved in several opportunities to serve special education students, including active volunteering at the ROCK therapeutic riding center in Georgetown. She then became an educational interpreter and has been working with the special education department of a local district for the past 17 years. She is anxious to explore experiences in resource education and inclusion at Meridian.