Christine Smith has served in many student-facing roles at Kirby School including Substitute Teacher and Psychology Teacher. She moves into the Interim Associate Dean of Student after having also been a long-term coach of Kirby athletic teams and acting as Student Supervisor. Before joining Kirby, she worked with The Camp Recovery Center in Scotts Valley, providing support and supervision to the behavioral health tech staff and supporting crisis intervention. Ms. Smith earned her BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz and her Associates Degree in Psychology from Moorpark College.
Ms. Fiegel, awarded Teacher of the Year in 2019 by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators, joins Kirby School this fall for a full year as English teacher (English 9, Banned Books, Comics and Graphic Novels), providing long-term coverage for Jessa Kirk’s planned family leave. With a CA Single Subject Teaching Credential and over 5 years of middle and high school classroom teaching experience as well as extensive training in reading intervention, trauma-sensitive care in education, culturally responsive training as well as mental health coursework, Ms. Fiegel is committed to creating a positive learning environment for all students. She earned her BA in Education and Youth Studies and Literary Studies from Beloit College.
Mr. Anzaldo joined Kirby in 2018 as an Instrumental Music teacher. He teaches Jazz Band, Orchestra, Music Appreciation and Music Technology. Originally from the Santa Cruz and Sacramento area he graduated from Cabrillo College with an A.A. in Music while studying Jazz and Latin American Music and studied at the University of California, Davis, earning his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology, Music Theory and Music History. He currently records music as a session player and songwriter for local films and musical groups in the Bay Area. He has taught music both privately and in public school programs in the Santa Cruz and Sacramento Area and is passionate about helping students grow as musicians, connect with each other and build community through music.
Ms. Billings has worked at Kirby School off and on since 2005, serving as a sixth grade homeroom, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Studies Skills teacher. Before Kirby, Ms. Billings devoted her career to outdoor and wilderness education. She served as a Naturalist for the Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School, as Program Director for VISIONS Service Adventures, and as a ski instructor for folks with disabilities at Environmental Traveling Companions. She spearheaded student expeditions in the British Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and also led a service learning program in a native village in Alaska. Her STEAM and ROV classes and clubs are extremely popular and fuel imagination, curiosity, and a love of the sciences.
As a former independent school student who was born and raised in San Francisco, Fatima Zavala Ruiz has experienced the benefits and challenges of a college prep education. Since graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Clark University in 2017, Fatima has been providing counseling services in both English and Spanish to students in Santa Cruz and San Francisco schools, working collaboratively with families and members of student support teams to serve the therapeutic needs of the youth in her care. She earned her M.A. in Social Work from San Jose State University in 2021 and has begun the registration process for her license in Social Work. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi Honor Society, and has been awarded a LEEP Fellowship, a Steinbrecher Fellowship, and the Anne Murray Ladd Teaching Award.
Ann Githinji stepped into the Health Coordinator position after serving multiple seasons as Head Coach for Kirby’s Girls Basketball team and supporting Cross Country and Track and Field teams. She graduated from Greenville University in 2012 where she earned a BA in Biology and Psychology. Ann brings management experience from a local wellness spa in Santa Cruz and has served as Programs Coordinator at a camp and conference center and an Outdoor Education Teacher. She also has volunteer experience with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, wellness and fitness related activities, and learning new things through ongoing education.
Tracy Landry has been a chef in Santa Cruz County for 16 years, working in restaurants and food service for 30 years. Prior to COVID, she was Kirby School's Head Chef and in charge of our nutritious and delicious lunch program. She has created menus for The Hindquarter Bar and Grille, Asana Tea Café, Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley Markets, her own business called Cruz Food, and set up a nutrition program for Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center’s Crisis House residential treatment facility.