About Krista Surprenant

I received my BA in Psychology from Gettysburg College and my MFA in Writing from Albertus Magnus College.

I have been teaching since 2000. I started my teaching career working in a year round intensive special education residential program for students with extreme social and emotional disorders. While there I not only taught, but I also lived as a dorm parent with students and assisted with the therapy program.

Currently, I am an eighth grade teacher of reading and writing in Norwalk, Connecticut. My school is one of the most diverse in the state in ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic status. Inclusion of students with special needs is also a priority in my school. We celebrate diversity and differences in all of our students.

Over the years, my  students have enriched my life through sharing their honest conversation, tears, humor, and hope.

I have been previously published as a free lance parenting columnist in the online newspaper The Patch. My poetry has appeared in several literary journals. I am also an active member of NCTE and SCBWI. My first middle grades manuscript Remember Where You’re From, which is a novel in verse, was named a finalist for the Tassy Walden Award: New Voices in Children’s Literature in 2018 and won the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award in 2019.

I currently reside in Connecticut. I spend my spare time with my amazingly supportive husband and my three inspiring and energetic children. We love to travel, eat, read, and play!


Follow me on Twitter! @kristasurp


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