Drum Roll Please…

Drum Roll Please…

To paraphrase a Boyz II Men song popular in my youth:

I am thrilled to announce that my family and I are moving to California! Los Angeles, here we come!


First, the goodbye.

New York City has been an immeasurably powerful force in  my life. I had so many opportunities to grow and struggle and explore as an educator and human being.

I got to work as a teacher (general and special ed) of  grades K-5 in incredible schools, alongside some of the most creative, innovative, and dedicated teachers, consultants and administrators.

I published books on topics that mattered deeply to me, working with children and families that humbled me.

I spent five years at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project immersed in the world of literacy and workshop teaching with esteemed and electrifying thinkers as my colleagues.

I got to build relationships with schools and districts in a coaching/consulting context.

I even,  somehow, managed to go twenty years without ever dropping my phone on a subway track.

There is so much I am grateful for, so much that has become a part of my DNA, so much that I think about fondly. I am who I am because of the people and experiences I was fortunate enough to encounter.


Now the next step.

Hello Los Angeles! Hello California! 

What’s that over there? FRESH PRODUCE IN JANUARY?!  

What do you call this yellow ball in the sky? Sun?!  What a novel place!

But for real, I am deeply exhilarated to explore this new landscape, as a human and as an educator. I am hoping to make new connections with dedicated and innovative teachers and administrators, begin new coaching and consulting relationships, and keep writing books that showcase the brilliant work of children and teachers everywhere.

So let’s talk!

Are you in a west coast school or district looking for school based coaching or workshops in literacy, workshop teaching, play, or mindset/Social Emotional Learning  work? Maybe all of them at once?  I’d love to connect! You can leave a comment or go to the “contact me” section on the blog.

Have you moved a toddler across country? Also feel free to contact me with advice about surviving that… and/or about babysitting said toddler while we live in a sea of boxes.

Do you have a hot tip about a rental property in Highland Park or Eagle Rock? You have now become my new favorite person! Contact me!

I cannot wait for this adventure to begin, and all the ones yet undiscovered.


“The thing is, I suppose, “ he said, “that one gets into the habit of being oneself. It takes some great upheaval to crack that shell and force us to discover what else might be underneath.”

Tana French The Witch Elm


  • Pamela Holguin-Brown
    Posted at 19:45h, 12 February Reply

    Hi Kristi! I’m a teacher in LA and have seen you numerous times present at the national level (NCTE). Welcome to California! I’m a co-director at the Cal State Northridge Writing Project. I hope to see you! Pam

  • Mary Stein
    Posted at 20:24h, 12 February Reply

    Congrats, and welcome to the west coast! I am in Oregon-Eugene, so not much help with toddler or neighborhood-DID move with a 3 year old across states!!! You got this. Belongings go when you find the rental. Baby Toddler Boy is the last lap. A carry-on, food, lovey, books and strong arms☺️. Mine flew a lot and loved it. You know others freak out!!! If you drive it is another trip altogether and ALSO did the drill across states. Congrats to you and the hubs.

  • Jeannie O'Neill
    Posted at 22:33h, 12 February Reply

    Congrats!!! So happy for you! Best of Luck.

  • Alexis Jovel
    Posted at 04:01h, 13 February Reply

    Congratulations and best wishes! You are BRAVE and that’s pretty awesome to be!

  • John Whelan
    Posted at 12:23h, 13 February Reply

    We are so excited for you all to join us on the BEST coast–A great new adventure awaits!

    • kristimraz
      Posted at 16:54h, 26 February Reply

      Hahah, I look forward to maybe having a room for you guys to stay in!

  • Dana Michelle Bowden
    Posted at 14:53h, 14 February Reply

    Hi, Christine! I’m in Eagle Rock and do similar work in about 30 LA-area schools. Love your work and would love to have coffee when you get settled! I also have two kids, a little older than yours, if you want to talk schools, etc. Any chance you’re looking for a nanny? My amazing former nanny is looking for her next place to land. She’s a gem. Anyway, get in touch!

    • kristimraz
      Posted at 16:53h, 26 February Reply

      Thanks! Sent you an email.. no nanny yet 🙂

  • Cindy Kenney Vance
    Posted at 22:31h, 19 February Reply

    Welcome to California☀️ Good luck with your move and I can’t wait to see workshops with your name on them!

    • kristimraz
      Posted at 16:53h, 26 February Reply

      Thank you! I can’t wait to work with teachers and kiddos out there!

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