Hello, my name is Kira and I have been working at Spirit at Play since 2009. I have lived in Montana all of my life, always in love with the mountains and adventures at my fingertips. Growing up in Red Lodge, Montana fostered my love of skiing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming, star gazing, and traveling. I am a lover of all things outdoors and believe that nature is our greatest teacher. My husband and I are very active and are always looking to explore! I couldn’t imagine spending my life anywhere else and have always felt lucky to live in such a beautiful state.

I moved to Missoula in 2007 to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After completing school, I realized that early childhood education is where my passion for teaching stems and continues to grow. During my time at Spirit, I have worked as a cleaner, assistant teacher, and have been in and around each of the classrooms. In 2016, a lead teaching position opened, and I jumped at the opportunity to become the lead teacher in the Meadowlark classroom. I knew my growth as a teacher had just begun! Getting to design my own curriculum based on the children in my care, access to the outdoors by heading to a park, going on a hike, taking the city bus to go on adventures, and being part of loving community has made me the teacher I am today. Spirit at Play has always felt like a second home to me, and the love of teaching, nature, and children is so apparent when you walk into our school.

Teaching Philosophy:

I find fulfillment in life when I am around children, they open my eyes to see the magic in the everyday world around us. I believe that kids should play in the mud, climb trees, talk out problems, find kindness in every situation, help others, and find beauty and inspiration in mother nature. I believe that growing up is a special time in a child’s life and should be full of wonder and joy.  One of my favorite quotes from an unknown source  is “Children are 100% washable. Air dry.” That is how I like to teach every day. We are only young once, and this is the time to explore, adventure, and experience life: with your whole self.