Jacqueline Kirkendall, Lower School STEM Specialist

What is your favorite thing about working at Levine Academy?

My favorite thing about working at Levine is being a part of such a wonderful community. The students are excited to come to school each and every day. Usually, I have several morning visitors that definitely brighten my day. I came from public school and the transition was an adjustment.  I love sparking curiosity in our students, and being a part of their ah-ha moments. Levine has some of the very best students that take their education seriously. For me, to be here at Levine, is an absolute blessing.

If you had not become a teacher, what is something else you would be doing?

If I were not a teacher, I would most likely be a marine biologist. As a little girl, I loved watching Jacques Cousteau. I could also see myself as a civil liberties attorney and advocate. I am a passionate advocate for the underdog and the underrepresented.

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?

My favorite trips have been family road trips. We have driven the Pacific Coast Highway and a National Park Tour. Those two trips were the most memorable for me.

If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone, I would choose: Mother Teresa, Stephen Hawking, Sam Clemens, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  The conversations would be enlightening, witty, and endless.