A young woman smiling with long brown hair wearing a blue shirt against a grey background.

Kristine Frech

Job Title
Executive Director, Rhode Island
Xavier University
Corps Year: 
Corps Region: 
Charlotte-Piedmont Triad
Alumni Region: 
Rhode Island

Growing up in a small town outside of Cincinnati, Kristine watched her mother pour hours into her work as a teacher and understood the value of education from an early age. When she learned about Teach For America while studying at Xavier University, she was immediately drawn to the work to end inequity in our country’s education system, and the mission of TFA spoke to her heart for service. Since joining the corps in 2008, the vision of One Day has inspired Kristine throughout her career.

After teaching middle school special education at Bishop Spaugh Community Academy in Charlotte, Kristine served as director of YouthBuild with the northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. Kristine then brought her passion for education and elevating communities to her role as the vice president of Skyward, an organization tasked with creating and executing myNKY, the strategic plan that combines education, wellness, jobs, and vibrancy in productive, inclusive, and meaningful ways for the northern nine counties of Kentucky. While Kristine remained actively involved in work that impacted students and families, time and again she’d reflect on the love she carried for her students in Charlotte and the pride she felt when they said they felt valued in her classroom. Drawn back to the mission that had first inspired her at Teach For America, Kristine was named executive director of Teach For America – Rhode Island in 2016. 

Kristine earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in English and M.A. in educational administration from Xavier University.