Kirk V.

  • Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Near Los Angeles, California

*30 years experience in international education in the United States, China, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, and Bosnia *K-8 Elementary Educator *K-12 Gifted Educator *K-12 Structured English Immersion *Grades 5-9 Middle School Specialist *K-12 School Principal and Administrator *K-12 PE Teacher *Grades 5-12 History and Social Studies Teacher *Bilingual in English/Spanish *International Swim Coach


Qualifications

  • M.A. in Educational Leadership from College of New Jersey, Magna Cum Laude; PGCE in Education; B.A. in History with a Minor in Aerospace
  • K-8 Elementary Teacher; K-12 Gifted Education; K-12 School Administrator; K-12 Structured English Immersion;
  • Grades 5-9 Middle School Specialist; Grades 5-12 Physical Education; Grades 5-12 History; Grades 5-12 Social Studies

Teaching Philosophy

My greatest joys of working around the world have been with Early Childhood children and staff from 3-12 years of age. These are my favorite ages to work with. I like to organize, help others, problem solve, trouble shoot, bring people together, and above all learn in different ways with hands-on learning wherever possible, especially at younger ages. Learning by doing is the best approach. A combination of centers, old-school approach with non-tech methods, and integration of technology is best for young student learners. Young students today are digital natives. Those working with them must stay abreast of the software and technology that is available for use with them, so technology is an important piece to include in their education and learning environment. Field trips and outdoor environments are equally as important because students need to see how their community works and how they are a part of the greater community that surrounds and nurtures them on a daily basis. Having high expectations of everyone helps each student to be their best continually. Student safety throughout is paramount and supersedes everything else. The joy, smiles, laughter sense of awe, and joy make it all worthwhile as students and their teachers learn. This is what should be happening at schools every day. With the right teachers, administrators, support staff, and collaborative school community, all of this and more can happen every day. These are some of the things that motivate and inspire me to work with these wonderful age groups because they are such an inspiration and fun to be around on a daily basis.


How it works

What is Schoolhouse?

We started SchoolHouse with the intention of helping people start microschools because we saw that it was a better way to learn. That’s been our focus from the beginning and we’ve built the team with that purpose.

We are a team of teachers, school leaders and parents who are simply school nerds. We want to build the best schools in the world, only smaller and in your home..

Teacher Screening Process

We screen and vet every teacher thoroughly and accept between 5-7% of applicants. This is to ensure a high quality education across every SchoolHouse school.

We recruit teachers from a variety of backgrounds including private, public, and charter schools. We interview and offer competitive packages and small class sizes to attract top professionals.

Regarding Covid-19

Safety is our highest priority, for your family, the students we work with, and the teacher. We ask all teachers to follow all CDC, state, and local guidelines as it relates to COVID. Beyond that, we have all families and teacher in a pod agree on certain health guidelines and COVID protocols at the beginning of the pod so that there is not any ambiguity about what is expected.