Misty M. Kirby, Ph.D.
I am passionate about improving students' life chances through effective education leadership and high quality, optimistic learning environments. This passion, coupled with my ability to bring people together to work towards a common goal, enables cooperation across multiple portfolios and stakeholder groups. We truly are #BetterTogether. I completed my Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, and my Master's degree, in English Education, was earned at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City in 2003. I hold a BA in English from William Carey University (MS, USA). I began teaching over 20 years ago as an English teacher in a detention facility for boys in Rhinecliff, NY and then as a middle and high school English in the Bronx, NY. I went on to teach high school English and lead as Dept Chair at a Magnet Academy and worked across multiple high schools in Newport News, Virginia, as an Instructional Coach implementing a Johns Hopkins University approach to engaging struggling readers. I have been involved in many action research projects and initiatives throughout my career and served as a member of many committees and boards, like the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center of Westchester County NY to faculty representative on the Academic Board at the University of Canberra, Australia. I have presented at conferences in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong around the theme of supporting learning, whether it be on the role of academic optimism in schools and classrooms or the role of ePortfolios in supporting professional growth for academics and university students in health and teacher education.