K.T. SanckenHi!  I’m Kristin Thomas Sancken, a writer based out of Charlottesville, Virginia.  With a Master’s degree in Social Work, I specialize in topics relating to parenting, children, emotions, and social justice issues.

I was born in Panama and raised in Mexico.  Today, my kids don’t speak a lick of Spanish, and our roots are straddled between Minnesota and Virginia.

I am a proud alumnae of Valparaiso University.  My undergraduate degree was a duel B.A. in Humanities and International Service.  After college I worked as mental health case manager for Latino families.  Through this work, I became passionate about Latino advocacy, and decided to pursue a Master’s of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University to this end.

However, motherhood changes everything.  After the birth of my first child, I started doing part-time freelance work for a small community paper in rural Virginia, The Fluvanna Review.  The Review’s wonderful editor, Carlos Santos, gave me the confidence to see myself as a writer.  While working at the Review I won several awards from the Virginia Press Association for my coverage of education issues.  I was able to use this experience as a launching board for more freelance work, which now includes The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Charlottesville Family Magazine, GreatMomentsInParenting.com, Living Lutheran Magazine and Mother’s Always Write.

While mothering my two young daughters is my primary occupation at the moment, I’m also working on a memoir with my father about growing up an expatriate in Latin America, his alcoholism and how we rebuilt our family after his decision to get sober.