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Our Teachers Really Are THE BEST!!!

Kirby teachers are really well qualified for the job. 60% of Kirby’s 43 faculty members hold advanced degrees, including 6 doctorates and 20 master's degrees.

Kirby teachers bring more to the classroom than just a diploma. Many teachers leverage their previous experience to enrich the class content. Does your child love science? Kirby kids get the opportunity to learn in a small class setting with a marine biologist! Does your child love to write? At Kirby, they'll have the opportunity to work with accomplished authors. Poetry? Gary Young is Santa Cruz‘s first ever Poet Laureate. And, there is so much more. Can you imagine better role models and resources for your children?

Our teachers are committed to the students and their craft. You won’t find high turnover rates or teachers working on emergency certifications. In many cases, Kirby faculty teach classes at the university level, offering students unique insights and opportunities.

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What Kirby Teachers Love About Kirby

Warm, Inviting Community

"At Kirby I have the freedom to teach the books I love to wonderfully curious and engaged middle school kids. I'm very proud to be included in the warm, inviting community of faculty, staff, parents, and students."

-- Emily Hose, Middle School English Teacher

Engaged Learning Community

"I love teaching at Kirby because my students have open, curious minds and engage with ideas in a respectful, genuine way. They are passionate individuals and generous collaborators, and they are not afraid to openly embrace whatever quirky interests animate them: origami, knitting, goat raising, D&D, writing science fiction, or learning Old English for the fun of it."

-- Kirstin Olsen, History Department Chair, History Teacher

Trust Among Faculty, Students & Administrators

"I love that I have the freedom to regularly change my reading lists and teach my favorite books. I love that Kirby administration trusts me to teach an entire course on banned books and that I can so easily trust Kirby students to handle the controversial material with maturity and sensitivity.

I also love that my work colleagues have become some of my favorite people on this planet--two Kirby coworkers were in my wedding party. The Kirby community feels like family to me (the kind of family who discusses literary devices around the dinner table)."

-- Jessa Kirk, High School English Teacher

Safe Environment

"I love Kirby because there's a strong sense of community among the students and teachers. This is a school that's dedicated to helping students figure out who they are and how to take advantage of their unique combinations of abilities and interests -- a safe environment where each student's identity can develop and thrive."

-- Jordan Johnson, Math & Computer Programming Teacher

Small Class Sizes

"The small size of the classes at Kirby is one of the most unique, and special, characteristics of working here. Not only am I able to plan engaging lessons that would be impossible if I had a class of 25 or 30 students, but I am also able to really get to know my students on a personal, non-academic level."

-- Graham Fischer-Ortiz, History and Geography Teacher

"I love the smaller class sizes which enable me to engage with students and get to know them on a personal level. I'm able to better connect and understand each student's thinking process and therefore maximize their success in the classroom."

-- Petter Bauer, Math and Science Teacher

A Place to Explore, Discover, and Develop Talents

"Kirby is a welcoming and caring place for students to take creative risks, explore big ideas, discover their abilities, and develop their talents."

-- Tuesday Soetaert, Middle School and High School Art Teacher

"I love Kirby because it's an amazing space for music. Students are encouraged to learn music in facets through ensembles, music classes, and theory courses - spanning all types of musical styles. All of this learning culminates in nationally ranked ensembles, and students learning a life-long skill."

-- Alex Koppel, Director of Music, Middle School and High School Music Teacher

Creating Lifelong Learners with Character and Resilience

"Kirby is different from other schools where I have worked. At Kirby, the definition of success is broader, with an emphasis on creating lifelong learners with character and resilience - committed to living healthy, balanced lives, while also valuing academic achievement."

-- Beth Riley, Middle School and High School Health & Wellness Teacher


"I love how the sports program has grown exponentially since we joined CCS five years ago! Many years ago, people would say 'Kirby doesn't really have a sports program,' but I'm proud to say that that just isn't true anymore."

-- Abby Christopher, Director of Athletics

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