1st Grade Teachers

My big question: How big is the universe? Does it ever end?

My big question: How big is the universe? Does it ever end?

Kristin Smith, Lead Teacher

I am joining the New School SF team with seven years teaching experience in the Bay Area plus three additional years teaching Pre-K. After spending a summer teaching in Kenya in 2008, I felt extremely passionate about education equality, and decided I wanted to be a teacher. I began my formal teaching career through Teach for America in San Jose and have had the privilege of teaching Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th! I have also spent the past four summers teaching science at Camp Galileo, which is where I discovered my passion for inquiry based learning.

In my free time, I love exploring the bay, hiking with my dog, and traveling the world. I've been to 32 countries on six continents. I like to bring my love of travel into the classroom as well, so don't be surprised if you hear New School students speaking a foreign language or telling stories of different cultures! 


My big question:

My big question:

Samantha Snook, Resident Teacher


My big question: How many different types of trees grow in San Francisco?

My big question: How many different types of trees grow in San Francisco?

Kelley England, Lead Teacher, Grade Level Chair 

My passion for education dates back as far as I can remember. I received my BA in American Studies with a concentration in Education at Carleton College. In high school and college I volunteered in local schools and enrichment programs. While working in preschool art classes and nature centers, I learned the value of presenting children with opportunities to explore the natural world. After college, I taught at the International School Manila where I worked with students from over 70 countries. After a year in the Philippines I moved to the Bay Area to teach at the Nueva School where I taught kindergarten and then first grade. I have spent the last year working on my Masters in Education at Mills College.  Outside of the classroom you can find me making my own jewelry and walking the hills of San Francisco.


My big question: 

My big question: 

Kylie Garcia, Resident Teacher