Kinkaid faculty frequently are honored for excellence in teaching and coaching. In addition, they frequently make presentations at conferences and workshops, publish articles and stories, and win grants and other awards. The following is a selection of those honors and achievements.
October 23, 2013
Upper School English teacher Casey Fleming’s personal essay, "A Woman Walks into a Bar," has been published in the inaugural issue of Sugar & Rice, a journal about food and culture on the Gulf Coast.
October 18, 2013
Director of Dance Krissy Richmond is considered a Principal Dancer in Houston Grand Opera's production of "Die Fledermaus," in which she (as Ginger Rogers) and her partner dance to Cole Porter's "Night and Day." The dates are October 25, November 2, and November 8 at 7:30, and October 27 and November 10 at 2:00.
October 16, 2013
Stacy Thomas, director of Kinkaid's middle school debate program, has been named the 2013 Texas Speech Communication Association's Middle School Educator of the Year. Ms. Thomas was recognized at the TSCA's annual convention. The TSCA is the professional organization for speech and debate teachers and coaches from throughout the state. Ms. Thomas was nominated for the award by her colleagues in the Houston region last year. Nominees were evaluated on the basis of a portfolio, compiled by colleagues, containing an instructional philosophy, resume and service record, and letters of recommendation from former students, parents, and fellow teachers.
September 11, 2013
In conjunction with Project Row Houses, Upper School Fine Arts teacher Anthony Suber will produce an art installation, with an educational component, based on the teachings of sculptor Joseph Beuys and Project Row Houses' founder, Rick Lowe. The installation highlights how community shapes the art world and, in turn, how art shapes the community. The installation will be located at 2517 Holman.
"The Mission of Project Row Houses is to be a catalyst in transforming community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture."
September 5, 2013
Director of Career Development Judy Muir’s book, Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain, has won the 2013 Living Now Book Awards gold medal in the Family/Parenting category. “The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives and are chosen from books written in English and intended for the North American market.”
September 3, 2013
Middle and Upper School drama teacher Justin Doran directed the Stark Naked Theatre Company's production of "God of Carnage," which won this year's Houston Press' award for Best Play/Production.
Middle School science teachers Shari Hiltbrand and Jeff Gessel have been asked to make a presentation on the "flipped classroom" at a faculty in-service day at St. Mark's Episcopal School in Bellaire this fall.
August 29, 2013
Upper School English teacher Christa Forster is a featured poet in this year's Public Poetry series. The reading is at 2:00 p.m. on September 7, at The Carriage House, Clayton Library, 5300 Caroline Street, in the Museum District. She will be interviewed next week on NPR station KUHF's "The Front Row.”
July 31, 2013
Middle School science teacher Katie Wagner has been selected by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers as the Texas Outstanding Geoscience Teacher. The award is given to teachers who have made "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level."
June 19, 2013
Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn was one of four presenters for an ISTE SIGIS webinar on educating parents about shifts taking place in how students learn at school.
For a link to the recording, click here.
April 16, 2013
Upper School English teacher Christa Forster has received an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to create an original series of monologues, which she will perform in early 2014. Individual Artist Grant winners are selected by a blind panel of their peers through a competitive process; applications are evaluated on artistic merit, project feasibility, and impact upon tourism. The grant is $10,000.
Director of Career Development Judy Muir will be a featured speaker at the annual New Braunfels Book and Author Luncheon on April 18. Her topic, “Nature through Nurture,” is based on her new book, Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain.
April 8, 2013
Upper School English teacher Warren Rawson's personal essay, "Daredevil," has been published in the online journal, Intellectual Refuge.
Upper School English teacher Casey Fleming, as part of a series organized by MFA students at the University of Houston, read a nonfiction piece at Mongoose vs. Cobra, a microbrewery in Houston.
April 2, 2013
Director of Dance Krissy Richmond will be featured this week on the Houston Ballet version of Dancing with the Stars. Her partner will be Channel 2 meteorologist Frank Billingsly.
March 26, 2013
Upper School English teacher Charlie Scott plays Estragon in the Catastrophic Theatre production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. (Also appearing in the production is ninth grader Ty Doran.) The Houston Press review of the play calls Charlie’s acting “brilliant,” while the Houston Arts Week review says he is “amazing.”
Director of Career Development Judy Muir will be at the Harvard Coop bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 10, to discuss and sign copies of her new book (co-authored with Dr. Gerard Berry), Live Wires: Insulating Your Child Against College Frenzy, Achievement Mania & Media Explosion.
March 19, 2013
Lower School art teacher Lauren Taylor, who is completing a Master’s at Texas A&M, has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society recognizing academic excellence in all disciplines.
March 18, 2013
Upper School English and Creative Writing teacher Angélique Jamail will take part in a public poetry reading on Friday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. All the poets/readers are being published in Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets. The reading will take place at the University of Saint Thomas Art Gallery, 3907 Yoakum.
March 6, 2013
Upper School English teacher Charlie Scott has been selected as one of Public Poetry’s “Poets and Readers” for 2013. Over the course of the year he will be giving a series of Saturday afternoon readings/presentations/performances in Houston public libraries.
March 5, 2013
Scott Zimmerman will be making a presentation in April at the 6th Annual Symposium on Developing Student Leadership at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D. C. The event is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education. He will be presenting our Middle School Leadership Program--both the program itself and the process of assessing it.
February 12, 2013
Upper School English teacher Dr. Charlie Scott will give a reading of his poetry at 7:30 this Thursday evening (Valentine's Day) at Kaboom Books in the Heights.
February 1, 2013
Upper School art teacher Diane Marks has been selected as a juror for the Texas Art Education Association's Visual Arts Scholastic Event.
January 16, 2013
Upper School science teacher and science lab manager Ann Bowe, along with her Anatomy and Physiology class, applied and have been selected to be part of or evaluate a new two-week instructional unit, "Scientific Decision-Making," created by The Center for Educational Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine. The unit is described this way: "While investigating three simulated cases, students will learn about the cardiovascular system, evidence-based decision-making, and exercise and diet. The unit consists of nine discovery-oriented lessons that involve role-play, collection and interpretation of data, and use of online surveys and tools."
December 15, 2012
Middle School science teacher Shari Hiltbrand’s poster session proposal, "Angry Birds Tech," has been accepted for presentation at next summer's International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. The presentation will describe the "Angry Birds" project Ms. Hiltbrand designed for her eighth grade science classes.
December 11, 2012
Upper School Latin teacher James Houlihan’s translation of a poem by the 12th century Arnaut Daniel de Riberac is featured in the current issue of Ezra: an online journal of translation.
November 27, 2012
On Thursday, November 29, at 8:00 p.m., Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn and Upper School English teacher Christa Forster will lead a synchronous discussion about MOOCs on tweeter using the hashtag #ISEDCHAT. This discussion will be archived and stored on the Independent School Educators Network.
November 9, 2012
Director of Career Development Judy Muir has published a book, Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen's Brain.
November 7, 2012
Upper School science teacher Christina Zeigler has received a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Southern University.
November 1, 2012
Middle School debate (and Upper School Government) teacher Stacy Thomas was a Houston area nominee for a teacher of the year award at this year's Texas Speech Communication Association convention.
Upper School English teacher Christa Forster is involved in "City Council Meeting," a performance project in which audience members participate as mayor and city council members. The production is done through DiverseWorks and takes place November 1-3.
October 27, 2012
Upper School Latin teacher James Houlihan has two poems in the latest issue of Vates: The Journal of New Latin Poetry. His original Latin poems are followed by English translations.
October 15, 2012
Lower School teachers Kathryn Leisz and Meredith Kottler are featured in an article on their use of iPads with some of our youngest students.
Middle School English teacher Ruth Stubbs has completed the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program through Neuhaus Education Center, has passed the Alliance National Exam, and is now a Certified Academic Language Therapist.