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I am an English teacher, adjunct professor, writer for adoption.com, and co-author of the award-winning book Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Over twenty years of teaching and developing curriculum, from the inner-city of Philadelphia to the suburbs of Seattle, has taught me that the path to a better world starts with education. 




Master's of Education, LaSalle University


Bachelor of Arts English, Secondary Education, Houghton College


ACES Certificate in Editing from Poynter News University


Dual Enrollment Composition Instructor for Montgomery County Community College


Freelance writing clients include: ESL/ELL writers; DBA students from the Swiss Business School, Kazakhstan Campus; Bio-Medical Engineering thesis; SAT Prep; GED-Prep; PSSA coaching; etc.



Former Students and clients

Overall, my writing pieces and reflections through the first semester of this English class truly helped me to understand myself as a writer and my writing as a whole. - MCCC Student

Being in this DE Composition English I feel has made a huge impact on my writing as a student that I will carry through my years of schooling. - MCCC Student

I am SO thankful I took your class. It has definitely shown in my short college experience so far. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about you and your class. - Undergrad Student

Just since the start of this class there is an obvious change in my writing level and my ability to write a respectful paper. Overall growth is something that definitely has occurred and not just in one area. - MCCC student

Trina has been our editor every year for our Make-A-Wish event which raises tens of thousands of dollars annually. She ensures that our mailers and other advertising is professional and flawless! - Advertising Client


Trina was a caring and dedicated tutor. Her encouraging attitude and study techniques helped my daughter achieve high SAT scores. -Parent of an 11th grade Student

My son was struggling with the daunting issue of a large reading project. We couldn't have gotten through it without Trina! She met with him every week and was very encouraging, without doing the work for him. Trina showed a talent for not only keeping him on track, but also helping understand what he was reading and what the expectations of the assignment were. I'll definitely be reaching out to her again to tutor my son. - Parent of an 8th grade Student

Book Reviews, Explosions of Joy by Paul Yin with Trina A Kraus 

Discover joy and be spellbound in its wake - Ellen Weber (PhD) Mita International Brain Center

A brilliant haunting and healing book - Dr Herb Goldberg, author of What Men Still Don't Know About Women, Relationships, and Love; The Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the Myth of Masculine Privilege; Creative Aggression, and several others 

The narrative is impassioned and atmospheric... It is as enlightening as it is inspiring - Readers' Favorite Review by Ruffina Oserio

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