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ANSTROM KRISTINA ANN ANSTROM September 22, 1961 - September 15, 2013 Dr. Kristina Anstrom of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on September 15, 2013 at her home from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS. Kristina was born in Salem, Oregon and spent much of her childhood in North Dakota. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Morehead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle, and an Ed.D. from George Washington University. She was involved in the education of English Language Learners as a teacher, researcher, and teacher educator for over 20 years in Washington State, Idaho, and Wisconsin. She then served as the Assistant Director for George Washington University's Center for Equity and Excellence in Education until August 2012. In that role, she was the project director for several federally funded projects in the Mid-Atlantic region that supported the education of English Language Learners and literacy. She also co-authored, with Dr. Anna Chamot and Dr. Catharine Keatley, "Keys to Learning: Skills and Strategies for Newcomers", a leading textbook for English language learners. Kristina is survived by her loving companion, Chris Bendall, her brother Decker Anstrom and his wife Sherry Hiemstra; her aunt, Linda Viotti and uncle Paul Viotti, Sr; nephew Tom Anstrom; cousins Michelle Viotti, David Viotti and his wife Brooke Frewing and children Nate and Paige; and Paul Viotti, Jr. and his wife Shelly; as well as many dear friends in Alexandria and Washington, D.C. Kristina was also fortunate to have wonderful caregivers to help her during her illness, especially Posseh Kargbo and Rose Frempong; the team from Capital Caring Hospice, Patti Brockmeier, Nikki Hudnall, and Clare Michaud; and Ellen Cochran of the DC/MD/VA ALS Association. A lifelong lover of Boston Terriers, she was comforted in her illness by Poppin, and later by Penny. Kristina had numerous interests, including running along the Potomac River bike path, writing short stories, and reading. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald A. Anstrom and Ann B. Anstrom. A private Memorial Service for family and friends of Kristina was held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kristina's memory may be made to the ALS Association of DC/MD/VA ( or to Capital Caring Hospice (

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 22, 2013
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