The Patron Spotlight is an ongoing series in which we interview our Library visitors and find out about the interesting projects they are working on.
What she does:
Ann Thomas wears many hats — she serves as director of admissions, curriculum development, and funding, as well as the college adviser for students at Kirby Hall School in Austin.
About the school:
The private school, which serves students Pre-K through 12th grade, is located in a building with significant history. Built in 1924, it was once one of the first dorms for women at the University of Texas. In 1976, Kirby Hall School was founded and housed in the building.
The close-knit school serves just 88 students. It caps its class sizes to about 12 students and makes use of a socratic teaching approach.
“Part of the school’s philosophy is a trusting relationship between student and teacher,” said Ann. “This is the scaffolding to build an academic experience and develop a child’s character.”
Her funding search:
Ann is interested in funding various areas of the school. Being housed in an old building means the constant need for restoration and upkeep, for one.
Other goals for the school include expanding technology and STEM offerings in the classroom. Because the school aims to keep tuition affordable, they are also always seeking operational funding. Though she just began her funding search, she has already found multiple foundations that look promising.
“This is a new venture for me,” Ann said of the Library. “I feel very fortunate to have access to this in Austin.”