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 Gonzales

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

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.

Dr. Bradley King

Dean of Middle and Upper Schools,  Middle and Upper School Language Arts, Literature and AP Literature

B.A., English and History, Oklahoma Baptist University

M.A., English Literature, University of South Carolina

Ph.D., English Literature, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. King came to Kirby Hall School after completing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas and teaching American literature and writing classes there for almost a decade. The reading, writing, and discussions in his classes are always aimed at helping students grow in confidence, awareness, and understanding. Born in Altus, OK and raised there on a small farm, Dr. King went to college at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he initially studied to become a minister, but switched to English and Philosophy after his Freshman year. He quickly developed an interest in how reading can lead us to cultivate richer, more reflective relationships with ourselves and the people and spaces around us. In graduate school, he studied the radical, visionary literature of Transcendentalism, Romanticism, and Abolitionism, specializing in writers such as  Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and Frederick Douglass. Dr. King continues to read deeply in recent and contemporary poetry, and he consistently writes and publishes his own work, organizes poetry, music, and visual-art events, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Cuneiform Press. He is very happy to be teaching at a school that makes holistic growth and scholarly rigor a priority as Kirby Hall does. In his new role as Dean of Middle and Upper Schools, he serves as a sort of academic mentor as students transition between grades at Kirby Hall and  prepare for success in college. For Upper School students, Dr. King will guide them through essay-writing and entrance exams, as well as serve as their main advisor during the college selection process.

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 operated 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. 

Trish Duque

Administrative Assistant

Paralegal Studies, Dona Ana Community College

Trish has been at Kirby Hall School since 2019 and brings energy and enthusiasm to everything she does here. She attended Dona Ana Community College and possesses 20 years of experience in office administration. Trish’s three children–Athena, Isaac, and Bailey–are her pride and joy. In her free time, Trish enjoys visiting her family back in New Mexico whenever she can, painting, playing sports, and exploring Austin with her boyfriend. 

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.