Kristen McPike 4th Grade Teacher Casis Elementary School, Austin Independent School District Kristen McPike is not from Texas, but she got here as soon as she could! She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in English and her elementary teaching license. Ms. McPike has taught 3rd and 4th grades for 11 years at schools in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. Her Texas certifications are in Gifted and Talented Education and English as a Second Language. A history enthusiast, she enjoys sharing the rich history of Texas with her 4th graders through project-based learning and engaging lessons.