Kristen Hugins

Kristen Hugins

Director of Development and Human Resources

Kristen Hugins joined the Desert Garden Administration Team in the summer of 2016. Her love for Montessori education began when she saw the impact it had on her son’s development, and she helped start Casa del Nino Bilingual Montessori School where she served as the School’s Director from 2012-2015. Kristen has over 15 years of experience managing, leading and serving people in a variety of fields including non-profits, schools, IT, health and wellness, and small businesses. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English, with a minor in Education, from Principia College, and she loves to read and write in her spare time. Kristen dances and choreographs for Movement Source Dance Company in Phoenix as well, and she explores the outdoors every chance she gets – camping, hiking, playing at the park – with her two children, Kyler and Inara. As Director of Development and Human Resources, Kristen is responsible for recruiting, hiring and onboarding new staff, managing and supporting current staff, maintaining employee records and leading school tours.