MERIT Makes a Splash in Local News!

January 7, 2022

MERIT21 Launch

Since 2001, the MERIT Program has been a staple at The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. MERIT, Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching, has become synonymous with developing innovative teaching practices, affordable professional learning, and technology-enhanced pedagogy for educators across the state of California.

The MERIT Program was recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, a local newspaper serving the Los Altos community.  MERIT is a “yearlong training that starts each spring, includes a two-week intensive summer institute, continues with follow-up classes in the fall and winter quarters and culminates in a graduation and optional project the following spring.” (Los Altos Town Crier, 2021)

The program – which serves educators, administrators, and educational leaders alike – focuses on “leveling up” those who are searching for new and exciting ways to enhance their professionalism and pedagogy, while working with other educators to focus on technology’s possibilities with creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Participants don’t just walk away with a newfound appreciation for innovative EdTech practices. They are also eligible to receive a California Certificate of Achievement as an Education Technology Specialist, as well as earn 12 Foothill College continuing education quarter units.

For more information, check out MERIT’s Program Page and sign up to stay in the loop for our 2022 Cohort launching this summer!



  • Kristin Oropeza currently works as a Special Education Teacher in SoCal. Although she spent two years as a Technology TOSA, Kristin has spent the bulk of her teaching career in the mild-moderate special day classroom. Kristin has worked in public education for over 10 years and has worked in several districts across Los Angeles County. She has extensive experience working with students in both general education and special education settings and is passionate about collaborating with other educators in the best interest of all students. Kristin received her Masters of Science in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach in May 2014. Prior to that, she received her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies and dual teaching credentials from CSULB in May 2011. Kristin is also a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, Pear Deck Coach, as well as an Apple Teacher. She is also a Microsoft MIE for 2021-2022 and a Seesaw Ambassador. Kristin also advocates for Class Dojo as a Class Dojo Ambassador and Mentor.