MS. HOLLY KIRKPATRICK

TEACHER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING

BA (Hons) English Literature and Theater Studies, University of Leeds,UK.
PGCE with outstanding, University of Warwick, UK
QTS, University of Warwick, UK and Lutterworth College, LeicestershireUK.
hkirkpatrick@theacademybuffalo.org

I am an English teacher from England! I arrived in Buffalo in September 2016 to work at the Academy of Scholars. Like most educators, I have a love of learning that began when I was at school. Throughout my education in the UK, I was guided and supported by teachers with real passion for their subjects and with their help, I thrived in a learning environment. Moreover, the study of seminal authors – such as Shakespeare – was supplemented by field trips to the Globe Theater in London and Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon (just 45 minutes from the school), which prompted a passion for theater as well as literature. At University, I pursued my interest in the relationship between literature and performance, studying English Literature and Theater Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.  

After University, I worked in a professional Theater in Leicester, UK, and quickly realized that I loved the interpersonal and staff training elements of the job, and so teacher training beckoned. Teaching English Language, English Literature and Media Studies to students aged 11-19 in UK schools means that I am used to learning something new each day! Teaching Language Arts at the Academy of Scholars is a real thrill for me, not only because of the unique, progressive ethos of the school, but because it is my first time teaching in the US. For me, relocating to the US means another opportunity to learn and to further my cultural experiences; I am eager to share my knowledge and enthusiasm to develop young people’s understanding in ELA here at the Academy.

Outside of teaching, I enjoy running, cycling, baking and learning the rules of American Football and Ice Hockey. BACK TO STAFF PAGE