Second Grade Co-Teacher
Monica Kirkpatrick has a BA in Geography with a minor in Geospatial Sciences from Humboldt State University, and is working towards a MA in Education and a Teaching Credential through the BATTI program in connection with University of the Pacific.
Which of the Town School values (respect, curiosity, belonging, integrity and joy) do you most identify with, and why?
I most identify with the Town school value of curiosity. As a lifelong learner, I love to keep feeding my own curiosities by doing deep dives into a variety of topics. This helps me make more connections with students by having a background of diverse topics to pull from. I also love getting to know what my students are interested in, so I can encourage them to extend their own curiosities by asking more questions, researching for the answers, and seeking deeper understandings. By connecting existing interests to current academic content, I help foster more curiosity in every lesson.
What are your hobbies outside of school?
I love spending as much quality time as possible with friends and family, even if it is simply talking over movies or playing Monopoly deal. I also love doing solo hikes, yoga, and listening to comedy podcasts. When I finish the time consuming process of getting my MA this spring, I hope to put more time into hiking and yoga, and get back into my old passions like Martial Arts (wanting to try Gracie Jiu-Jitsu), cooking, backpacking, and sleeping.