Faculty & Staff
Mr. and Mrs. Wright
Founders and Owners
Favorite children's books:
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Beyond Academics’ teachers are qualified to teach in the public and/or private school sectors. Some have degrees in English / Creative Writing, some have professional writing experience, and some also have teaching credentials. When applying for a position at Beyond Academics, hopeful teachers are given an extensive, rigorous grammar and writing exam. Periodic in-service training sessions are held; training continues throughout the school year. We also all adhere to a strict accountability system: both teacher and student work are analyzed by administration throughout the year.
"What I love most about teaching is the dynamic exchange I am able to have with my students. Really, we are all students in my classroom; we are all teaching and learning from each other. The students at Beyond Academics are constantly challenged to think critically and apply concepts so quickly that I am always in awe of their abilities. These students inspire me to go beyond the basics because they are excelling beyond these limits, too. It's a privilege to play a part in their evolution as students, writers, artists, and humans." —Ms. Anna
Her favorite childhood book is Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.
"My favorite part of teaching is being able to share my love of language. I love being able to demonstrate, even within the constraints of grammar, how flexible language really is, and how writers can manipulate it to effectively communicate their ideas. Kids feel a great sense of empowerment when they can confidently express their opinions, and I enjoy creating an environment in which it's safe for them to do that." —Ms. Kyria
Her favorite childhood book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
"My favorite aspect about teaching is the unique challenge of communication. There are an infinite number of ways in which to convey a message, and teaching allows for creative flexibility, enabling students to reach that goal. My favorite thing about teaching at Beyond Academics is the unique atmosphere of the students: They never fail to surprise me with their unique perspective." —Mr. Chris
His favorite childhood book is Jack and the Fire Dragon by Gail E. Haley.
"I enjoy teaching because, as someone who genuinely appreciates the power of literature, here I am able to be a crucial resource in helping students empower themselves and others through their writing. As a teacher, I am able to, in some form, be used as a tool in their academic growth, and I am honored to show all that I know in hopes of lifting them to achieve their highest potential. I enjoy working at Beyond Academics particularly because we have an amazing, supportive staff who are passionate and teach in ways that challenge and nourish our students' work using curriculum that has been crafted to help them express their own valuable voice through words." —Ms. Audrina
Her favorite childhood book is The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
"Each and every day spent teaching at Beyond Academics has been a deep and enriching experience for me, both personally and professionally. My years here have taught me that working with children is a gift that is ripe with countless opportunities to impact students' lives in positive ways. Not only is it vital to guide each child to be a powerful writer and student, but also, it is my desire to support students in their personal growth towards being confident, kind, and well-rounded adults." —Ms. Wynene
Her favorite childhood book is Charlotte's Web by E. B. White.
Our Office & Administrative Staff
Ms. Sahar - School Registrar
"Part of the reason why I appreciate working at Beyond Academics so much is because of how passionate the staff is about teaching, and their genuine love for the subject and for their students. The curriculum has been created in a way where the students are learning how to think critically and creatively, all while having fun. Tom and Wendy Wright have created an environment of support, allowing students to express themselves while developing their own ideas and writing to develop their own voice." —Ms. Sahar
Her favorite childhood book is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
Mr. Kasun - Document Formatter/Office and Teachers' Assistant
"Every day is a new challenge, which makes it very interesting. I like the support and work because it allows me to utilize my strengths and apply my training. "
His favorite childhood book is The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé.
Ms. Soriya - Office and Teachers' Assistant
"While working at Beyond Academics, I enjoy the quiet, calm atmosphere and being surrounded by the many books in school. I also enjoy the opportunity to meet new challenges such as handling crucial paperwork, working as a teacher's assistant, and delivering my help to the best of my ability to the students. My strengths include being patient, understanding, and compassionate towards students and the willingness to overcome any challenges that come my way. I also enjoy and feel grateful to be surrounded by knowledgeable staff." —Ms. Soriya
Her favorite childhood book is A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.