Helen Roberts

Executive Director

Helen joined Kirby Hall in 1998 as part of the administrative staff. She developed a close working relationship with Head of School and Founder Beverly Rase, serving as her unfailing right hand for several years. Helen has worked diligently with faculty, parents, and students to advance the school and uphold the mission of Kirby Hall ever since. In 2014, when Mrs. Rase retired, it was only natural that the Board of Trustees appointed Helen as the new director.

Having originally discovered Kirby Hall in 1991 as a parent when her daughter entered kindergarten, Helen uniquely understands both the parent and student perspective. She gave generously of her time as a volunteer at the school prior to transitioning into her administrative role. Helen then joyfully graduated from the mother of two of her own to the adoptive mother of hundreds over her years here. 

Her two daughters Sasha and Emily, both graduates of Kirby Hall, went on to have very successful college careers at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University.

Helen was born and raised in New York City. Prior to entering the field of education, she had a 19-year career with the Internal Revenue Service in the Treasury Department, including serving as a Security Analyst and Assistant Chief of Publishing Services in the Boston District Office.

Emily Roberts

Director of Admissions

B.A., Sociology, Texas State University

Emily joined Kirby Hall School in 2018 as the Director of Admissions. Having been a student here at Kirby Hall from kindergarten through graduation in 2011, she is familiar with and passionate about what it means to be part of the Kirby Hall family. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a degree in Sociology.  She is delighted to have returned to Kirby Hall as a member of the administration and to share her love of the school with prospective families. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Allie Thrall

Dean of Curriculum, AP Government & Economics

B.A., Global Studies and Spanish Literature, Lehigh University

M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Certification-Social Studies

Allie joined Kirby Hall School in 2019 as the Honors and AP History teacher, and is thrilled to continue to contribute to the school in her new role. As Dean of Curriculum, she aims to support the faculty in maintaining and developing rigorous and engaging coursework. Allie holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish Literature from Lehigh University, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Allie has broad experience in the field of education–from researching education practices in Santiago, Chile, to teaching fourth grade in Silicon Valley. Allie is committed to asking questions about what education can and should be, and applying those theories to pedagogical practice. Outside of school, Allie enjoys eating tacos and spending time with her family.

Claire LaChance

Financial Officer, Librarian

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Claire is originally from Massachusetts and joined Kirby Hall School in 2008. She earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute followed by an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Claire spent fifteen years working in engineering before relocating to Austin. After her distinguished career in engineering, she trained in accounting, where her analytical and precise mathematical skills have served her well.

Alyssa Drury

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

B.A., French and International Relations, Lake Forest College

Alyssa shares with Kirby Hall School her nearly two decades of marketing experience from a variety of fields. She studied French and International Relations in Chicago and then spent several years working in public relations there prior to returning to her home state of Texas. She most recently served as an independent communications specialist before joining Kirby Hall in 2019.  Away from school, Alyssa enjoys multiple books clubs, traveling, spending time with her husband, and keeping up with her two busy daughters. 

Javier Medina

Facilities Manager

Javier has been with Kirby Hall School since 2012 and has become a beloved member of the Kirby Hall family. He was born and raised in Cancun, Mexico before moving to Austin over 20 years ago. Javier has two daughters, one son, and three grandsons. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking his specialty chile rellenos, and playing futbol with friends and family.