It is with great excitement that we announce the hiring of Ted Kirkbride as Quantum Academy’s first principal. Mr. Kirkbride has been in the Escondido Union School District since 1996 when he started his first position teaching bilingual math and science at Rincon Middle School. He has been a Teacher-on-Special Assignment, Project Specialist, elementary teacher and coach at Felicita, Central, and Oak Hill. Most recently Mr. Kirkbride has been the assistant principal at Oak Hill School.
Here are some questions we asked Ted:
What do you look forward most as principal of Quantum Academy?
"There are so many things I look forward to at Quantum Academy. I look forward to building a community where learning is a passion for each student and empathy guides our problem solving. I look forward to students learning to solve relevant math problems that affect them. I will love seeing how our students can use visual and performing arts to express themselves. I am excited about the endless possibilities each child brings to be creative with all of the science, technology, and engineering tools we will have at Quantum Academy like 3D printers, iPads, Sphero Robots, and much, much more! Most of all, I can’t wait to see all of our students, teachers and families reaching new heights in learning at Quantum Academy."
What do you hope for students at Quantum Academy?
"I hope each student feels that they are in their element at Quantum Academy. We want each child to come home excited about what they are learning because they are choosing to learn about what excites them. I hope our students learn that F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning and that it is a necessary part of the process. I also hope that each child is driven to create solutions to extremely complex tasks that will benefit the community of Escondido. I hope that by the time students leave Quantum Academy they are more motivated to serve their community and better prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the decades ahead. Finally, I wish for all of our students to feel empowered to initiate their own learning and create their own future jobs instead of waiting for someone else to teach them or to give them a job."
Quantum Academy is proud to have Ted join the team. Ted will hit the ground running as he closes out his last two weeks at Oak Hill Elementary. Some of the first jobs he has to do is hire a teaching staff and an office manager. In addition he will help finalize the purchase order for all of the furniture, technology, and materials for Quantum Academy.