Kristi Cameron grew up in Rome, Georgia, and graduated with a degree in English and Secondary Education in 1992 from Berry College. After graduation, she moved to Athens, Georgia where she briefly taught English as a Second Language to middle school children. Even as she worked with adolescents, however, her curiosity and professional passion was more evoked by the experiences of the very youngest children. In 1993, Kristi was accepted into graduate school at the University of Georgia where she began studying in the department of Child and Family Development and first encountered the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Eventually, she transferred into the Education department where she received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 1997. After graduation, Kristi moved to Atlanta where she has worked in several capacities in the early childhood education field – teacher, college instructor, consultant, stay-at-home mom.
Throughout her education and her career, Kristi has been strongly influenced by the experiences of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and has been fortunate to participate in several study tours to Reggio Emilia. She has two sons, Will (age 16) and Eli (age 14) with whom she lives in the Grant Park neighborhood. In her free time, Kristi enjoys camping, reading, photography, and traveling.