bradley king

Bradley King

Literature | 7th grade, Literary Studies | 8th Grade, American Literature | 9th grade

 

Ph.D. in English Literature – The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in English Literature – University of South Carolina

B.A. in English & History – Oklahoma Baptist University

Bradley King comes to Kirby Hall School after finishing a 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 and awareness–particularly about issues such as self-care, empathy, love, gender, and social justice. Born in Altus, OK and raised there on a small farm, Mr. 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. His quickly developed an interest in how literature can help us cultivate deeper, more reflective relationships with ourselves and the people and spaces around us. This interest lead him to graduate school to study the profoundly spiritual and religious literature of the American Renaissance, which includes writers such as Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and Frederick Douglass. Mr. King also loves more recent and contemporary American poetry, and he is a grateful participant in the poetry and art community here in Austin. He is very happy to be teaching at a school that makes personal growth a priority as Kirby Hall does, and he looks forward to helping students develop their creative and intellectual capacities.

Our students are
sweet, dedicated to doing well, confident.”

Kirby Hall is caring, fun, supportive.”

“I value working so closely with such willing, kind students!
I feel like I have a good understanding of each of my students:
their individual habits, strength, and weaknesses.

And of course, they know mine too!
Knowing each other so well in this intimate space lets us
challenge each other and learn together.”

Christine Griffin

Language Arts | 4th, 5th, 7th grade, Literature | 4th & 5th grade

MA in English Education – Teachers’ College, Columbia University

BA in French – Georgetown University

Christine joined the Kirby Hall faculty in 2015, but as a parent has been a member of this community for more than a decade. She has more than ten years of experience within the field of education, most recently as a long-term substitute at Kirby Hall and as a fourth grade lead teacher of Reading and Writing at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin. Christine welcomed the opportunity to join Kirby Hall’s outstanding faculty, and she hopes to encourage a love for language and literature in the hearts and minds of her students.

Christine’s greatest joy is spending time with her husband, Will, and their three children, Chase (Kirby alum), Rose (Kirby alum), and Gage (current Kirby student). She also loves to read, cook, watch Merchant Ivory films, and spend time outside.

Our students are motivated, kind, intelligent.”

Kirby Hall is friendship, love, rigor.”

I value the freedom I have as a teacher to develop
challenging and engaging curriculum
that speaks directly to the needs of my students.

I value having a classroom full of students who are
academically motivated and intellectually curious.
I value the support I get from caring parents who want the best for their children.

Joe Rumrich

Joe Rumrich

History | 4th – 10th grade

BS Restaurant Management – Purdue University

Teaching Certificate – The University of Texas

Joe joined Kirby Hall School in 1994, bringing a passion for many topics and eras in history. He moved to Austin in 1988 and received his teaching certificate for Grades 1-8, All Subjects, with a Specialty in History after managing in the hospitality industry.

When not doing school work, Joe enjoys watching his two nephews athletic endeavors during the school year. He spends his free time reading, cooking, exercising, and watching the NY Yankees. Joe likes to spend his summer kayaking, biking, and walking near his family home, 300 yards from the Niagara River.

Our students are eager, diligent, curious.”

Kirby Hall is fun, stable, structured.”

I value the ability to teach using high-level material
as opposed to teaching to a standardized test.

I value having the flexibility and small class sizes,
which allow me to bring history to life
through numerous field trips.

Julia Ortiz

Physical Education, Coach | Primer – High School

Bachelor of Education in Exercise Sports and Science – Texas State University

Julia Ortiz joined the Kirby Hall School in 2016. Julia was born and raised in the Central Austin area. She attended Texas State University in San Marcos and earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science and a minor in Geography. She teaches Physical Education, Health Education and coaches all of Kirby Hall School’s sport teams. When she is not teaching, Julia continues to coach club sports, her favorite being volleyball. She has done this for four years and coaches various age groups from elementary to high school. She also loves to play different sports during her free time, travel and be outdoors. Julia is excited for the school year to begin and is looking forward to meeting everyone. “Come down to my office and say hi!”

Our students are bright, unique, goal-oriented.”

Kirby Hall is quaint, unique, accepting.”

I value that Kirby Hall is a place where students can
be themselves and feel comfortable
with their abilities while challenging each other.”

Julio de la Llata

Julio de la Llata

Spanish, AP Spanish | 3rd grade – High School

MA Spanish Language & Literature – The University of Texas at Austin

BA in Spanish Language & Literature – Universidad de las Americas

Señor Julio de la Llata joined Kirby Hall in 1984. He teaches Spanish to third grade and above. He also served six years as Faculty Administrator. In addition to holding his BA and MA, he pursued further post-graduate studies at The University of Texas and Texas State University. Señor de la Llata also taught all levels of Spanish at Austin Community College, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He has also taught Spanish for Business Professionals at The University of Texas’s Thompson Conference Center. He is married and the father of two sons and a daughter, and the very proud grandfather of Eli, Cora, and Solomon. In 2004, a special recognition celebration was held to honor Señor de la Llata’s twentieth year of service to the school and its students.

Our students are
industrious, happy to learn, appreciative.”

Kirby Hall is supportive, impressive, positive.”

I value small classes that enable the instructor
to know the academic progress and needs of each student.

It is a rewarding experience to teach the same student from elementary through upper school because I see the
complete acquisition and development
of the Spanish language.

kevin gately

Kevin Gately

Math, AP Math Course | 5th grade – High School

MA in Mathematics – New York University

BS in Mathematics – The University of Texas at Austin

Kevin joined Kirby Hall in 2016. As a native of San Antonio, he has an unhealthy obsession with the San Antonio Spurs, and he doesn’t care what you think about that! Despite this time-consuming fandom, he managed to attend college and earn a mathematics degree. After a stint as an algebra teacher and general instruction tutor, Kevin moved to New York to pursue his master’s degree, also in mathematics. His time in New York was such that he taught and tutored students from middle school all the way to young professionals studying for the GMAT. Kevin enjoys working with students from all walks of life and all mathematical abilities, because he finds their unique perspectives often teach him new ideas. When Kevin is not pondering the mathematical universe, he can be found hitting tennis balls, shooting basketballs, filling-in crossword puzzles, or beating the drums in his Rock and Roll band.

Our students are congenial, mature, hardworking.”

“I value the faculty’s dedication to creating a
progressive, supportive, and appropriately challenging learning environment for the students.

There is a sense of community between teachers and students alike, which allows for efficient instruction and enjoyable activities throughout the day.

Michelle Escuder

Michelle Escuder

Drama | Primer – High School, Music | Primer – 7th grade

BA Theater – Florida State University

Michelle joined Kirby Hall in 2007 and is thrilled to be returning to teach drama and music to primer and elementary students. At Florida State University, she was active in the university’s theater, music, and opera programs. As a first semester freshman, she was cast in her first collegiate-level operatic role. She was subsequently cast in an opera each year until her graduation. While at Florida State, in addition to performing on stage, Michelle held the Theatre Seat in the fifty-fourth Student Senate and performed technical duties in numerous theatrical productions. Michelle was the 1999 winner of the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition and also performed in many additional plays and musicals, winning honors and scholarships for acting as well as for voice. Her students benefit from Michelle’s extensive and varied performance experience. Michelle enjoys cultivating her love for all things artistic and still enjoys performing as well as teaching.

Our students are
confident, determined, enthusiastic.”

Kirby Hall is joy, kindness, excellence.”

I value many things about teaching at Kirby Hall,
but above all else I value the sense of community
among the faculty, students and their families.

This is a place of learning for students who are
eager to be taught and who love the learning process,
but it is also a place of great love and support within an
amazing and close-knit community.

Olga Marcucci

Olga Marcucci

Biology | 8th grade, Chemistry | 9th Grade

Licenciado en Biologia – Universidad Central de Venezuela
PhD in Biochemistry – University of Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Olga Marcucci joined Kirby Hall School in August 2018. She has a long experience in teaching Science, in particular Biochemistry to college students on the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, where she was born and raised. After retiring, she came to the United States and at present is a member of the staff of St. Edwards University (Austin, TX) where she has taught several Biology Courses, including General Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Since a very early age, Olga discovered her passion and interest in Science and Nature and this interest guided her to pursue graduate studies in Biology and perform scientific research in several areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Nutrition. After her graduation from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK) and during her 30-year career, she published several scientific papers, and became a Professor in the Chair of Biochemistry. She also developed an interest in teaching young students basic skills of Science and trained them to develop a solid scientific formation. For several years she was active in helping disadvantaged high school students to be admitted in the Faculty of Medicine in Venezuela.

This is Olga’s first experience in teaching High School level Biology and Chemistry in the US and she is very happy to have met a group of students that have both intellectual curiosity and excellent backgrounds. She is enjoying her classes and has enthusiasm to help students develop their capabilities while practicing the learning of Biology and Chemistry, trying to make of it a wonderful and exciting personal experience for them. Olga feels she has also found a nucleus of dedicated teachers that is helping her to understand the mission of the Kirby School and help it achieve its goal of excellence.

Sharon Hudson

Science | 5th-7th grade

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology – University of Houston

Master’s degree in Education – Texas State University

Sharon grew up in Houston, TX and has called Austin her home since the year 2000.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master’s degree in Education from Texas State University.  She is certified in Science, 4-8 and taught 7th grade Science for 7 years in Round Rock ISD.  She is so excited to be part of the Kirby Hall family starting in 2018!
Sharon has a passion for helping her students make meaningful connections to Science concepts in the classroom through whole group discussion and hands on exploration.  She loves getting to know her students and learning about what passions and dreams they hold in their hearts.
Outside of teaching 5th and 7th Grade Science at Kirby Hall School, Sharon works as a Life Coach.  She is passionate about teaching children about the power of the mind, meditation, positive self-talk, and much more. During her free time she explores life with her 6-year-old daughter, Millie, hikes with her dog, reads enlightening books, meditates, travels, and laughs with her friends.

Our students are
intellectually flexible, fun-loving, compassionate.”

“I value the community at Kirby Hall.
I really love how everyone knows everyone’s name and genuinely cares about the well-being of one another.

For the first time,
I feel like I can use my classroom not only as an instructional space,
but as a laboratory of ideas.”

Vincent Paul Martinez, Jr.

Art | Primer – 8th grade

BFA in Studio Arts – Painting – Texas State University

Vincent Martinez is a local artist, art teacher, and central Texas native. After graduating from Texas State in San Marcos with a B.F.A. in studio art, he decided to move to Austin in hopes to continue collaborating with the vibrant creative community. While working as an Americorps mentor and tutor with Communities in Schools in 2010 at Martin Middle School in east Austin, he 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. In his free time he enjoys oil painting, reading, writing, and yoga. Vincent enjoys teaching at Kirby Hall and sharing the magic, rich history, varied mediums, and foundations of Art with the students of Kirby Hall.

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