Two by Two Staff

Two by Two Character Development is committed to growing responsible citizens of strong character who care for, respect, and appreciate people, animals, and the environment.

Our staff embraces this mission with lots of experience. The Founder, Educational Director, Teachers, and Office Administrator have all spent extensive time in schools as teachers and/or school administrators. We know and understand how academics and character must intersect and what children need in order to learn. We come together, each offering unique perspectives in education, to focus efforts and create materials that will “build character… change lives.”  We invite you to read more about our staff below.

Our Staff

Kristin Woodward-Vaassen, Two by Two Founder & CEO

Kristin Woodward-Vaassen

Founder & CEO
For the past 30 years, Kristin has been an elementary teacher, researcher, and creator of the non-profit, Two by Two™. Developing multi-faceted curriculums that intertwine core academics with character education were the products of Kristin’s research. She is a certified LACE (Leadership Academy in Character Education) educator and leads the Two by Two Character Development team.

Nan Welch, Two by Two Character Development Education Director

Nan Welch

Education Director

Nan taught for the Dubuque Community School District, in both Special and Elementary Education, for 21 years. She also was an elementary school principal at Prescott and Eisenhower for 15 years, and upon retirement, taught in the School of Education at UW-Platteville. Nan has been the Education Director with Two by Two Character Development since 2015.

Beth Gilbreath, Two by Two Administrative Assistant

Beth Gilbreath

Office Administrator

Beth was the Dubuque Montessori School Director for 24 years. She was an Early Childhood teacher for two years and also taught Adult Education for Childcare Resource and Referral. Beth is co-founder of The Red Basket Project and also serves as a board member to the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and East Central Iowa Association of Realtors.

Rebecca Johnson, Two by Two Educator

Rebecca Johnson


Becca is a “semi” retired teacher. She taught for 37 years at Sageville Elementary School in the Dubuque Community School District. After retiring from Sageville, she continued her dedication to youth through the AmeriCorps Partners in Education program. Becca currently delivers Two by Two curriculum to second and fourth grade classrooms in the Dubuque.

Kirsten Weidemann, Two by Two Character Educator

Kirsten Weidemann


Kirsten has 16 years of teaching experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree at The University of Iowa and received her AMS Early Childhood Credential from the Montessori Heartland Teacher Education Center. Kirsten is a board member for the Relay for Life, Youth Board and is Vice Chair of the Christian Education Board at First Congregational UCC.

Pam Connolly

Pam Connolly


Pam is a Health Coach and personal trainer. She has spent most of her life teaching and coaching in some capacity, from preschool and religious education, to college. For several years, Pam taught an Emotional Health class at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in which she got to teach one of her favorite units, character education.

Two by Two Educator

Kendra Kunkel


Kendra is a new Two by Two educator. She retired from Dubuque Community Schools with 29 years of experience teaching at the secondary level. Kendra and her husband are grandparents to five little ones (under the age of four) and believes in the importance of teaching the concepts from Two by Two programming to ALL children.

Wendy Lyon, Two by Two Accountant

Wendy Lyon


Wendy has a degree in Business Finance and has worked for numerous companies in different capacities including retail manager, office manager, controller, bookkeeper, and general manager. Realizing numbers were her passion, Wendy began working independently in 2012. She currently helps small businesses with their organizational and accounting needs.

Amanda Dolter,

Amanda Dolter

Graphic Communications

Amanda Dolter is a freelance writer, editor, and graphic designer. Prior to pursuing freelance fulltime, Amanda spent nearly seven years as a communications professional in the non-profit sector. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cinema, an interdisciplinary program that helped develop her sense for visual creativity and hone her writing and research skills.