Kristi Keast is committed to live, work, and serve in the state of Iowa. Her roots run deep in the state as a fifth generation Iowan. Kristi was born and raised in Southwest Iowa on the family farm near Griswold. Her parents, Randall and Phyllis Baier still live there. She has three brothers. Arnold teaches in Brooklyn, Iowa. Steve is a teacher in Atlantic and farms what was her grandfather’s farm as well as her Dad’s farm. Kelly is a lawyer in Cedar Rapids.
The family encouraged excellence in academics, sports, and work. This led to animated family debates on many topics. The variety of family politics has prepared Kristi to be a person who can reach across the aisle and get the work of the state done. Kristi graduated in 1979 from Griswold Community and was a 10 year 4-H member. All four siblings completed college and graduate degrees, honoring the belief of Randall and Phyllis that a good education was necessary to be a well-rounded citizen.
Kristi received her bachelor degree in Music Education from Westmar College in LeMars. She went on to her Master’s degree at Iowa University. Kristi has been teaching in the classroom over25 years, taking time out to raise her three children to pre-school age. She has taught in both parochial and public schools, presently teaching elementary music in Mount Vernon.
Kristi, her husband Craig, and three children came to Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1991. The move east was prompted by her husband’s work, but they determined Iowa was where they wanted to stay and raise their three children. They took part in Linn County 4-H and Kristi was a project leader and club leader during that time. The children graduated from Mount Vernon Community Schools. Aaron lives and works in Hiawatha, daughter Eliza is an RN, now stay at home mom, in Iowa City. Gabe lives in Cedar Rapids. Kristi is grandma to Noah, Isabella, Sabrina, and Kaleb. Craig passed away in 2011.
Kristi received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2005 and has continued her dedication to teaching by mentoring new candidates and leading scoring groups for NBPTS. She sees it as just one way to serve her neighbors and her profession. Kristi is a member of her local education association and serves on Negotiations and as Governmental Affairs chair. Active in ISEA, she has facilitated NBPTS classes, was first member-chair of the Support for Public Education Committee at the state level and was past president of East Central Uniserv Board. Presently Kristi serves as East Central’s ISEA Exec board representative.
Kristi is a church musician at Mount Vernon United Methodist. She also directs bells and children’s choir there. She continues her musical avocation by participating in local musical pit bands and summer community band. Kristi loves to read and is a member of the Entre Nous Book Club. She is an avid gardener and member of Twin City Bloomers Garden Club. Kristi is president of her local PEO Chapter, DT.
House District 95 includes Coggon, Prairieburg, Central City, Alburnett, Springville, Lisbon, Mt Vernon, Palo, Center Point