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Hello, I'm Kristi Kraychy

As the Head of the Calgary Changemaker School and founder of the Calgary Changemakers in Education Society, I am driven by an unwavering passion for education, mental health and empowering individuals to create profound change in the world. I am here to ignite the hearts and minds of school leaders, educators, teens and their parents to reshape school culture, provide support, and reignite love and passion for your work.

READ MY BLOG POSTS AT: calgarychangemakerschool.com/blog/

My Story

My journey in education began at the age of 13 when I began teaching music to young children. This sparked what would become a lifelong passion for education.

 

Over the past 20 years, my path has taken me through a diverse range of educational settings. In my early years I taught as an affiliate with the Royal Conservatory of Music, worked with teens and adults as a holistic nutritionist, and I have held various K-12 teaching roles in private, charter, and public schools. I was asked to build a new music and band program at West Island College, I helped start Calgary's first Nature Kindergarten and was their principal in its first year of operation.

Becoming a parent myself brought new dimensions and experiences to my understanding of education, just as the loss of my mother to cancer deepened my resolve to pursue my dream to establish my own school, a dream I had envisioned for most of my life.

 

In 2018 I began my Masters degree in Educational Leadership at the University of San Diego, where I was encouraged to join a Changemaking in Education course, working in innovative Changemaker schools in San Diego and Madrid, Spain. 

 

Today, I am the founder and Head of the Calgary Changemaker School and serve as the chair of the not-for-profit, charitable organization, Calgary Changemakers in Education Society. My focus is unwavering: to nurture the wellbeing of children, with a special emphasis on supporting those who are gifted and neurodivergent.

 

My experiences as a leader, teacher, and parent have shaped my philosophy. I am a strong advocate for wellness and mental-health, recognizing and embracing each child's unique strengths and fostering their creative gifts. I believe in empowering children and adults alike to find their passion and make a positive impact in the world.

How to Book

If you're considering something for your group, such as a workshop or a keynote event, I'd love to chat with you about your ideas. Feel free to reach out to me at Kristi.kraychy@changemakersedu.com, and we can explore how to make your vision come alive together.

I genuinely look forward to the possibility of connecting with you and being a part of your journey. Let's create something beautiful and transformative together!

For a limited time, all bookings are 'pay what you can' by donation and will go towards our charitable organization and not-for-profit school. 

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Personal Guidance

For parents, teachers and/or leaders, you can choose Zoom or In-Person coaching (or a combo of both). Book just a one-time session or continuing sessions on a schedule that works for you.

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Workshops

Whether you’re hoping to motivate your staff before heading back into their classrooms, give parents or educators in your community new tools to support gifted and neurodivergent students, or you want a customized workshop that will help you to reimagine what school could be, I will listen, share, educate and inspire. 

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Keynote Speaking

My keynotes are designed to leave a lasting impact on your organization or school. With a captivating blend of laughter, tears, and thought-provoking insights, each session is carefully tailored to meet your specific needs and objectives. 

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