- Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
- M.A., University of South Dakota
- B.A., Cornell College
Originally from New Mexico, Kaarin taught in South Dakota, Alabama and Maine before settling down in Minnesota. She now teaches courses in Literature, Theory, Theater History, Directing, Playwriting and Theater & Drama for Youth.
Kaarin enjoys serving as a moderator for student directed plays, student created performance projects, and the creation of student-written original scripts for performance. Every May, right after graduation, she works with a team of student actors to tour a play for young people to local area schools.