I think the role of a teacher is to build well-rounded citizens who deeply understand their strengths, talents, and interests, and are poised to use them to solve wicked problems.”

Kira’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Interdisciplinary physics

Why Physics

“I have a very analytical mind and I love trying to understand the logic behind how the world works. I hope to help students see the same beauty in science and logic that I do!”

Professional Experience

During college and graduate school, Kira did research in cosmology and particle physics, investigating theoretical models of dark matter and the early history of the universe.

She worked as a physics teaching assistant at the University of Washington, from fall 2014 to spring 2016. In this role, she led labs, tutorials, and recitations, and managed the physics tutoring center.

In the summer of 2016, Kira worked as a physics teacher at the Summer Medical Dental Experience Program at University of Washington. She taught a six-week intro physics course to underrepresented undergraduate students interested in the medical sciences.

Kira will begin teaching at The CUBE School during the 2018–2019 school year.

Hobbies

Kira is an avid choral singer. She has performed with high-quality choral groups for the last eight years, including Seattle Pro Musica and Ars Nova Singers. She also enjoys volunteering on a small urban farm and hiking in the Colorado mountains near where she grew up.

Academic Background

  • Relay Graduate School of Education (Master of Arts of Teaching)
  • University of Washington (Master of Science in Physics)
  • Cornell University (Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics)