A Letter From The Founder of TKS
Dear Families and Members of the Kindest Generation,
As a lifelong learner and educator, one of my ambitions was to make a larger impact on education, so it’s with great pride that I announce the launch of The Kindest School, a school where learners who choose to learn from home will be able to earn an accredited diploma from a Google Suite for Education Virtual School that gives the Kindest Generation (and their families) a CHOICE in how they learn and a VOICE in what they learn.
My 18+ year career started in 2000 at a rural elementary school before moving toward making a difference in the lives of those in the inner-city of Jacksonville, Florida. As laws kept changing to take academic freedom away from the teachers, I grew disenfranchised with the entire system. I was tired of being told to tell students WHAT to think, instead of doing my job and teaching learners HOW to think.
I decided that my next chapter in education had to take me far away from the American public education system as I could get. As I looked for new ways to reinvent my teaching style and methods, I joined the staff of Korean International School, Jeju where I helped develop the Elementary School curriculum and helped them earn their WASC accreditation. I would win the Faculty Global Leader twice in my time at KISJ. I would spend over six years at international schools in South Korea and Azerbaijan, where I learned about how education differed on a global scale. My time abroad would inspire my passion for both learning and educating.
Along the way, I noticed the major power struggle happening in schools, pitting those who want to maintain traditional teaching methods vs. those transitioning to modern education geared towards the 21st century learner.
I recognized that education needed a change, and it’s time to return control of the education system back to educators and families, and take it away from the policymakers and politicians who have never taught in a school before, and are only profiting off of it.
A quick look at the current state of the education system shows a system in disarray and chaos. Students are leaving college with thousands of dollars in debt, bullying is an unchecked epidemic, and the public is starting to realize that the system is antiquated and in dire need of drastic education reform. I was tired of being a part of the problem, and wanted to be a part of the solution, and thus, The Kindest School was born.
What wasn’t possible 5 years ago in education, is now possible. The future of education is at home and online, and I am excited to be a part of making this a reality.
This course catalog is designed to give you a better idea of The Kindest School’s vision of the future of education as we see it. Our students will have the opportunity to develop a project-based holistic learning portfolio based on their personal interests and passions, and be given chances to strengthen their empathy skills through service learning opportunities.
We welcome you on this wonderful new opportunity to change how the Kindest Generation learns, as this school was designed to meet their needs in the 21st century. Our goal is to make every one of our learners to believe that, “Whatever you are, be a KIND one.”