My name is Kristen Dembroski, and I am a Reading Specialist at a middle school in Milwaukee, WI. I am National Board certified, and I also hold a Reading Teacher and English Language Learner licenses. My passion and my goal is to develop innovative new ways to reach kids and get them reading, writing, and thinking.

I have 9 years of classroom experience teaching language arts, social studies, and reading interventions. Our middle school is ‘one-to-one,’ which means each of our students receives his/her own iPad to use both in and out of school. I love all of the flexibility and innovation this allows us!

I completed my doctorate in 2015 in language and literacy with a focus on digital literacy. The title of my study is “Online Reading Comprehension: An Explanatory Sequential Study of Middle School Students.” I experimented with the ORCA (Online Reading Comprehension Assessment), which was developed by Dr. Leu and his amazing team at the University of Connecticut.

Besides being a teacher and a mother, I also try to have a life now and again. I consider myself to be a fairly crafty person – I enjoy calligraphy, knitting, cross-stitching, and painting. I love to workout, AND I love to cook and bake; if it weren’t for my sweet tooth, I might actually be able to shed a few pounds at the gym! I am a very organized person, and I love finding new ways to streamline things in our house to be more efficient. I guess that’s just the teacher in me.

My husband, Ryan, is an actor, producer, and pilot. Ryan and I are always up for a great adventure. We’ve traveled abroad, gone on a hot air balloon ride, done a 5K and half-marathon, kayaked in the ocean, sang in a choir, gone zip-lining, flown in a two-seater plane, been in several movies and commercials together, and generally are up for any fun adventure we can do together.

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           Rocket and Ruffy (c) Kristen Dembroski           Team Dembro (c) Kristen Dembroski
    My dauther Elaine                         Rocket & Ruffy                 Me and my husband, Ryan

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3 Comments on About

  1. Gwen Wheat
    August 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi! I was so happy to find your website! I wanted to stay in touch with you over the year after the amazing experience at the writing conference. It was such a pleasure meeting you for just that one day and you inspired me to continue and create more with writing. I am so jealous of your students receiving and iPad, no way! Anyways, thanks for everything at the conference! Please contact me if you can!

    • kdembro
      August 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Gwen! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see your post, and to hear your kind words. I think you are an amazing writer and a very talented young woman. You are going places – I just know it! I am excited to see your writing published in a few months. Way to go!!! I am honored that you would reach out to me. If you feel like sharing, I would absolutely love to have a copy of the picture we took together after the conference 🙂 You can always email me with anything at kristendembroski@gmail.com So excited to stay in touch! Have a great last few weeks of your summer!

  2. Dana
    February 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Kristen – I was at the WSRA Convention today. Really enjoyed your presentation on Fake News. However, didn’t take many notes because I wrote down the link to grab the slides later. Unfortunately, I can’t get to them. Wrote them down incorrectly I guess. Is there anyway you could email them to me at danapoepsel@yahoo.com? I would really appreciate it.


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