Faculty & Staff Details

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Kristy Stearns, M.A.

Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Westminster Campus
Office Location
Criminal Justice

Kristy Stearns has been teaching at Front Range Community College since 2005 and at various other institutions since 1990. She has held several positions within the criminal justice and human service field, including victim-witness advocate, juvenile diversion counselor, child protection worker, and case manager for a residential treatment center for parolees. Kristy also worked as a Federal intern with the US Customs Service and translated on a wire tap with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Because of this practical professional experience, Kristy believes she is able to relate real-world situations to the theoretical and conceptual realm of criminal justice education, for her students.
Teaching Philosophy
My first thought is to always give my students my best regardless of the course or the modality of instruction. I strive to make their education meaningful so that they can learn to think and analyze whatever information comes their way. I begin this by getting to know my students, asking them about their lives, and demonstrating a genuine concern about them as people. What I can say definitively and concretely is that teaching is my passion. It is the one profession that makes me live with purpose, that challenges me to demand the best from others as well as from myself, and that inspires me to constantly inspire others. That is why I teach.
Teaching Experience
2009 - present Lead Criminal Justice Faculty, Front Range Community College
2005 - 2009 Part-time Sociology and Criminal Justice Instructor, Front Range Community College
1990 - present Part-time Sociology and Criminal Justice Instructor, University of Northern Colorado, AIMS Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Columbia College
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, M.A. 1991
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, B.A. 1988
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Research in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Victimology
  • Judicial Function
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • Introduction to Sociology
Additional Information


Part-time Master Teacher nominee, 2008-2009
Master Teacher nominee, 2011-2012