Kristin Graff

Posted at: 04/24/2013 5:45 PM
By: Laura Lee

 (ABC 6 News) -- Some people know when they're very young they want to be a teacher, but it's not typically a profession someone accidentally falls into.

But that's kind of what happened to a local teacher.

"It was a fluke," says Kristin Graff, "but a great fluke."

Kristin Graff is a business owner and has been doing massage therapy for 20 years. Nearly a decade ago, she was approached to help build a massage therapy curriculum at Riverland Community College.

"They said you probably should stay and teach it then," she says.

You can guess what her answer was, and now roughly nine years later, she still loves it.

"I like to keep things fun, when its fun, they absorb it better, they remember it," says Graff.

ABC 6 News caught up with her at the Albert Lea campus this week during clinical hours. Even our own Justin Thompson-Gee got a taste of the days lesson.

But teaching massage is not the only thing she wants them to walk away with, "my job is not necessarily to send out all the greatest massage therapists in the world," she chuckles, "I want them to know that they can go out in the world and whatever they decide to do whether its massage or not, they know they've accomplished something and they can fit in the world and make a world for themselves and their families."

Knowing they were a part of this Riverland family first.

"When somebody gets it and learns and moves on and does great things, it just makes my heart hurt."

Well, her heart must be hurting lately, as most of her students have jobs waiting for them after they graduate.