Paige Arnell

Dean of Middle & Upper Schools, Middle & Upper School English

B.A., English, University of Dallas

M.A., English, Middlebury College

We are grateful to have welcomed Paige back to Kirby Hall School for her second tenure teaching. She taught Upper School English here several years ago prior to staying at home with her four young children — Althea, Ella, Wren, and Whitman — who are now all students at Kirby Hall as well. Paige received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English and has been teaching for nearly ten years. What she enjoys most about Kirby Hall is the loving and supportive atmosphere and that students are academically challenged within a community that honors and recognizes them as individuals. When not in the classroom, Paige can be found exploring the outdoors with her children or sneaking in a few quiet moments to herself reading and writing.

Sarah Bintory

First Grade

B.A., Liberal Studies, Arizona State University

M. Ed., Teaching, Brandman University

ESL Certified

This is Sarah’s first year at Kirby Hall School where she has joined us from teaching first grade in Austin ISD. She thrives on the energy and enthusiasm witnessed in her young students and aims to instill them with a lifelong love of learning. Sarah is relatively new to Austin, via California, and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dogs, Ranger and Daisy, as well as trying out new coffee shops and restaurants.

Donna Cahill

Second Grade

B.S., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Western Oregon University

Donna is new to Kirby Hall School and joins us from the small town of Lakeview, Oregon. She studied at Western Oregon University and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement in 2019. Her passions in teaching include SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) and giving each student an equal opportunity at success. Previously, she taught in a third grade classroom for two years at a small public school in her hometown of Lakeview. Donna recently moved to Austin and is excited to discover all of the amazing activities the city has to offer! In her free time, she loves spending time and taking walks with her dog Benji.

Shannon Crafton

Primer (Pre-K4)

B.A., Psychology, Texas State University

Teaching Certification-EC through Sixth Grade

Shannon originally hails from El Paso and graduated from Texas State University in nearby San Marcos with a degree in Psychology.  She recently completed her Teaching Certification at Huston-Tillotson University here in Austin. Shannon has taught Pre-K for the past two years at a non-profit preschool but has experience working with children of all ages through her volunteering at an emergency children’s shelter. She is passionate about social emotional learning and believes it is important for all children to express themselves and learn via exploring, creating, and discovering! Her main goal as a teacher is to help each child develop positive self-esteem and teach them to be unafraid. Outside of her classroom, Shannon loves hiking, swimming, hanging with her sweet dog Winston, crafting, sewing, and anything artistic–she even has a small Etsy shop to showcase her creations.

Jared Dailey

Lower and Middle School, Math, Science, Technology and Athletics

B.A., Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Certification-Mathematics and General Education

Jared has been at Kirby Hall School since 2006. He teaches Math and Science as well as coordinates the MakerSpace program and heads up the technology department. Jared also serves as a passionate and enthusiastic coach for many of the school’s athletic teams. Prior to joining Kirby Hall, Jared spent two years as the Educational Coordinator, zookeeper, and night watchman at the Austin Zoo. Jared loves all things logical (sometimes even the illogical), sports, and nearly any activity that involves friends and the outdoors. He also loves spending as much time as possible with his family–daughter Greta, son Nolan, and wife Kristin.

Kitric Dixon

Lower, Middle and Upper School, Physical Education and Athletics

B.S., Kinesiology, California State University San Marcos

M.S., Education, California Baptist University; Teaching Certification-Physical Education 

Coach Dixon has joined us at Kirby Hall from California where he had extensive experience working in youth sports. He is a lifelong enthusiast of athletics, having excelled in many sports himself, and served as a high school football strength and conditioning coach as well as a youth boxing instructor in Southern California.  Prior to his career in education, Coach Dixon was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also stationed in Japan where his leadership role entailed ensuring that his platoon met designated Weight and Physical Conditioning standards. While in Japan, he enjoyed volunteering as the basketball coach for a local middle school near his post.

In his free time, Coach Dixon loves spending time outdoors with his family, cheering on his own three children in their sports activities, learning about other cultures and languages, and trying new foods. He is looking forward to doing his part to help develop healthy and mentally and physically strong students here at Kirby Hall.

Joseph Houston

Fifth Grade, Middle and Upper School, Mathematics

B.S., Secondary Mathematics Education, Stephen F. Austin University

Teaching Certification–Eighth Grade through High School Mathematics

Joseph attended Stephen F. Austin where he studied mathematics education. While in college he acted as his dormitory president, was active in the Judo club, and participated in several community service organizations. Following graduation, Joseph began tutoring in math before a five-year career teaching at Lufkin High School where he taught a range of courses from Algebra 1 to Pre-Calculus. He then served as a teacher for Algebra 2 classes at Diboll High School. Most recently before joining Kirby Hall, Joseph traveled the country working as a wind turbine technician where his problem-solving skills were put to good use troubleshooting issues for and repairing windmills.  Joseph is excited to be a part of the Kirby Hall community and share his love of math (and problem-solving) with his students.

Gloria King

Second Grade & Lower School Team Leader

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University

Texas Teacher Certifications:

Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-8);

Elementary Mathematics (Grades 1-6);

Elementary Reading (Grades 1-6);

Social Studies Composite (Grades 1-8)

Gloria joined Kirby Hall in 2018. This is her tenth year as a classroom teacher. She works diligently to inspire, motivate, and engage her students each and every day. When Gloria is not teaching, she usually spends time with her two children, Alexander and Elizabeth. Her son is in college and her daughter is a senior in high school.  She is passionate about reading and traveling.

David LaLonde

Third Grade

B.A., Art History and Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

M. Arch., Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

 

David shares with his students an especially unique perspective because he was once a student at Kirby Hall School himself, graduating from here in 1986. He went on to study both art history and architecture in Savannah before his love of travel inspired him to teach in Asia and the Middle East for several years. David taught at both the elementary and middle school levels and also mentored fellow instructors who were just starting their own teaching careers.  Additionally, he has presented many seminars overseas on positive ways to engage students of all aptitudes and learning differences. With his extensive knowledge of living and working internationally, David instills in his students a deep awareness and sensitivity to other cultures while opening their eyes to many other colorful global traditions and cultures. Following his time abroad, David is thrilled to be back home in Austin and at Kirby Hall. Outside of school, he is an active member of his church community, loves working on his home renovation projects, and can be found spending time with his beloved dog Milo.

Vincent Paul Martinez, Jr.

Lower, Middle and Upper School, Art

B.F.A., Studio Arts-Painting, Texas State University

Vincent is a local artist, art teacher, and central Texas native. After graduating from Texas State with a degree in studio art, he moved to Austin to collaborate with the vibrant creative community here. While working as an Americorps mentor and tutor with Communities in Schools in east Austin, Vincent developed a new passion for sharing the creative process with youths and fellow community leaders. He would continue this new found passion by building art curriculum for the Austin Parks and Recreational ‘Totally Cool Totally Art’ teen outreach program, the Mexican American Cultural Center, the Asian American Resource Center, and as an art teacher at Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock. Outside of teaching, he can be found painting, reading, writing, and practicing yoga. Vincent enjoys teaching at Kirby Hall School and sharing the magic, rich history, varied mediums, and foundations of art with his students.

Elizabeth McGinnis

Primer through Third Grade, Spanish

B.A., Spanish, Scripps College

Elizabeth has joined Kirby Hall as our Spanish teacher for students in Primer through Third grade. She has previously taught bilingual Pre-K and Kindergarten in AISD as well as Spanish classes for Eanes ISD and Parkside Montessori. Additionally, Elizabeth spent nearly three years teaching English online to children in China and has experience as a Lindamood-Bell reading instructor. In her spare time, Elizabeth is working towards her Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics from New Mexico State University. When not teaching or studying, she enjoys yoga, hiking and visiting the beach.

Lynn Mikeska

Lower, Middle & Upper School, Drama & Music

B.A., Theatre & Dance, The University of Texas as Austin

M.F.A., Acting, University of Georgia

Much like theatre, Lynn considers teaching to be a collaborative art, and is incredibly excited about what she will learn from her students as the new Drama and Music teacher at Kirby Hall. She comes to us with extensive experience in teaching with prior roles at the Child Development Center at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Boston Children’s Theatre, and the University of Georgia.  Most recently, Lynn served as the resident Teaching Artist at the Lake Dillon Theatre in Silverthorne, Colorado. 

Her work with children and young adults in the classroom focuses on creating curious, critical thinkers who recognize the beauty and power of creative self-expression.  Lynn is also a dedicated artist and performer herself with more than 20 years of experience as an actor, writer, musician and puppeteer.

Martha Peters

Fourth Grade through Upper School, Spanish and AP Spanish

B.A., Spanish, University of Missouri, Kansas City

M.A., Romance Languages and Spanish Literature, University of Missouri, Kansas City

 

Martha is a native Spanish speaker, originally from Mexico, with over twenty years of language instruction. She comes to Kirby Hall School from Headwaters School (formerly The Khabele School) where she was an Instructor and Director of the Foreign Languages Department.  In addition to teaching introductory levels through Spanish V, she taught Spanish B, Standard Level and Higher Level, of the International Baccalaureate program. Señora Peters’ experience in language instruction encompasses a diversity of ages and settings, which also includes teaching adults in continuing education programs offered by community colleges, as well as private instruction to business executives. Moreover, her experience is not limited to classroom instruction but includes several examples of curriculum development for Spanish programs newly- begun or requiring complete overhauls. Señora Peters and her husband have a daughter, son, and two grand cats.  She is excited to join the Kirby Hall community, and share the rich cultures of Latin America and Spain through cooking, art, music, literature, and dance!

India Rohmann

Kindergarten

B.S., Applied Learning and Development, The University of Texas at Austin, Teaching Certifications-EC through Sixth Grade, ESL Supplemental

India is one of our Kindergarten teachers and comes to Kirby Hall with a degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin. She has also taught students at the Pre-K and Second grade levels as well as holds an ESL supplemental certification. In her free time, India loves reading and swing dancing!

Joe Rumrich

Lower and Middle School, History & World History

B.S., Restaurant Management, Purdue University

Teaching Certification–Elementary through Eighth Grade History

Joe has been sharing his passion for many topics and eras throughout our country’s great history with Kirby Hall students since 1994. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in restaurant management and earned his teaching certificate from The University of Texas at Austin. When not at school, Joe enjoys watching his two nephews play sports, reading, cooking, exercising, and rooting for the NY Yankees. During each summer, Joe can be found kayaking, biking, and hiking near his family’s home, 300 yards from the scenic Niagara River.

Paul Schumann

Middle & Upper School, Science & AP Sciences

B.S., Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Geology, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Teaching Certification–Science

Paul was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. He studied Geology at both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, later earning his teaching certificate from LeTourneau University. Paul worked for 15 years in the Environmental Consulting field for several firms across the country before discovering that he loved to teach. Prior to joining Kirby Hall School, Paul was a science teacher at Connally High School in Pflugerville ISD for 12 years. During his time there, he taught a variety of courses including Chemistry, PreAP Chemistry, IPC and Astronomy. Paul and his wife of 30 years have three children. He enjoys all kinds of music and regularly attends the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Paul also writes online reviews for a popular website on high-end audio equipment.

Bo Schwabacher

Fourth & Fifth Grade Language Arts, Primer through Second Grade STEM

B.A., Creative Writing with a Minor in Psychology, University of Arizona

M.A., English (emphasis in Creative Writing), Northern Arizona University

Bo is thrilled to be a part of the faculty of Kirby Hall.  She has nearly ten years of teaching experience and values creativity, community, and inclusiveness.  After teaching diverse populations and a wide range of courses, she is greatly looking forward to teaching fourth and fifth grade Language Arts at Kirby Hall and joining such an intellectually stimulating, welcoming school.  In her spare time, Bo loves being in nature, writing, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Christie Webb

First Grade

B.S., Elementary Education, Angelo State University

Teaching Certification- General Education, First through Eighth Grades

Originally from San Angelo, Christie moved to Austin in 2019 to be closer to family.  She has been teaching for more than 30 years in both public and private school settings. She has taught grades Pre-K through fifth, as well as spent several years as a reading specialist.  Christie is thrilled to be teaching at Kirby Hall School.  She loves engaging and motivating children to experience the joy of learning.  Christie believes an atmosphere built on respect, discipline, and love of learning is the basis of a successful classroom. In her spare time, Christie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and exploring Austin and the Hill Country.

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