Check out some of our top educators on Outschool!

These professionals embody our EPIC framework by providing instruction and creating class experiences that are Empowering, Passion-Driven, Intentional, and Connected! 

Phoebe Sarah

Empowering Educator

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Tom Bickmore

Passion Driven Educator

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Nat Ari

Intentional Educator

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Empowering Educators

Phoebe Sarah

Phoebe is a scientist by day, teacher by night. With her B.S in Premedicine and M.S in Health Education, she has used her science skills to teach children ages 5-18 over the last 12 years. With a speciality in STEM, she makes hard concepts easily teachable for young kids. Teaching at colleges, publishing in scientific journals and tutoring for standardized tests with much success, she loves to share her passion with other future science leaders. Inspired by the lack of diversity and passion for Science around the world, Phoebe hopes to create a Rolodex of courses for students to learn.

When Phoebe went into high school, she always felt she had a keen interest in science. But was saddened by the fact that there was only one exposure to Biology, Chemistry and Physics in her high school career. By the time she went to college, Phoebe remembered sitting in her classroom taking a science fitness test with not only American students but International students. Here Phoebe found out that American students were on the bottom of the science field. Within 24 hours of picking science majors, half the student population dropped out and switched majors because they could not handle the rigor of science courses. Unlike science teachers, science focused majors have you take over 30 science classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. Students would sit in classes in the beginning of the semester and hope to pass with barely a B against all the other students who were exposed to the sciences at a young age. After realizing how to STUDY science courses, Phoebe went on to teach others what worked and what didn’t work. Phoebe hopes to use outschool as a platform to inspire future science leaders!

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Dr. Kai Kafferly

I not only teach my academic material through homework such as chapter questions along with interesting and fun projects, but also through lectures, videos, instruction, and especially important, the discussion in our live meetings, but I also teach my teenage students how to learn. Sometimes when I am asked a question, I will ask a student to do a little internet research to find the answer. I help them to find answers using legitimate online resources. I sometimes do the same thing when students turn in their homework. I may ask them a few more questions that aren’t found in the textbook, but by doing light internet research. I personalize each students’ learning according to their needs and abilities to allow them to personalize their answers in their own unique way, and then assess them individually accordingly. By teaching using these methods I have found it strengthens students’ abilities, and desire, to learn and how to learn as adults. They have control over their education – which is a great power if taught how to use this power correctly. This is personalized teaching and learning.

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Gretchen Bloom

I believe that learning should be fun and interactive! I use an approach that lets kids learn hands on through games, activities, and movement. I also use incentives that make kids enjoy learning! It is so wonderful to see kids being proud of what they accomplish, and I am quick to recognize and praise their efforts! Making mistakes is part of learning, and the environment of my classes allows students to feel safe enough to admit and correct their mistakes. I believe kids learn best when they are involved. Every student deserves to love learning!

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Passion Driven Educators

Tom Bickmore

Teacher Tom, jack of all trades, is a professional finish carpenter, certified ham radio operator, electronics whiz and space technology and rocket launch enthusiast. Tom focuses his classes on topics that he has been passionate about for decades and his passion and enthusiasm are contagious! Tom spends endless hours researching and compiling the latest events in space technology and rocket launches, bringing them altogether in one place for his learners and pointing them in the right direction for where they can witness or participate in space events live as they happen! Tom has spent many years researching historic Antarctic expeditions and the lives of many of these explorers, including his hero, Ernest Shackleton, and teaches these classes in a way that learners can learn history and leadership skills at the same time. You may have taken a carpentry class or even a toy brick building class before, but have you ever taken a class with a professional builder who builds custom escape rooms? If you were to visit beautiful Niagara Falls, Canada you may find yourself navigating your way through a meticulous maze of secret doors and gadgets built by Teacher Tom himself! 

Do you love electronics but had no idea that becoming a certified ham radio operator would allow you to communicate with others in an emergency situation when phone and internet lines are down? And that this same hobby would allow you to become more self-reliant, technology and communication savvy, contact other operators around the world and even talk to the international space station? Many students have taken Tom’s ham radio classes just to “see what it was all about” and come away very excited to take on a new hobby and receive their ham radio licence. Tom is not just passionate and empowering but he has extensive experience as a youth mentor and understands the difference great teachers can make in the lives of their learners. Tom’s proudest role is that of being a father to his two sons, who he has sparked a love of learning in. Tom wants your learners to be able to apply the knowledge and principles that they learn in their classes and be able to excitedly teach it to others!

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Heather Swann

Teaching is my passion and I want learning to be a passion for my learners. Making learning fun is key to turning learning into a passion. I love to put myself out there and make myself as engaging and fun as possible, even if that means making myself be super silly. I have found as a teacher that you can’t be afraid of embarrassment! I don’t let that hold me back from being the most energetic and fun version of myself that I can be for my learners. I love to use high energy, silly voices, funny movements, and great hands-on immersive lessons to make learning exciting. I am always looking for ways to make my learners want to come back for more. I am constantly learning and researching how to take my lessons to the next level. That might include making a fun engaging slideshow or putting together an exciting new science project with unique twists. I believe children learn best by doing so I incorporate as much hands-on interaction as I can into my lessons. The more the learner can do themselves and experience the more the learning sticks and becomes something they remember forever. That is what is so fun about science and why it is my favorite subject to teach. Science lends itself to so much fun, excitement, and hands-on engaging learning.

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Emily Gilson

I’m passionate about my classes and I think this shows in my re-enrollment rate. As a drama teacher, I’m teaching in my chosen profession, even more regularly than I used to get to perform! I seem to have found my niche among younger learners – we have such fun playing improv games together and playing with our voices and bodies in different ways while we make each other laugh with the stories we make up. We learn from each other, and it makes me a better actor too! I’ve changed my schedule for my long-running ongoing classes with the seasons a few times, and I’ve got a following now of lots of repeat learners who tell me my class is one of their favorite parts of the week. I’m grateful to be able to provide kids a safe space to explore interactively during this pandemic, while getting them up and out of their chairs for an hour a week.

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Intentional Educators

Nat Ari

Nat Ari is an ‘intentional’ educator who designs and delivers user-centred, enjoyable, goal-oriented lessons using a project-based learning approach in English, life skills and technology classes. Nat uses the following tools to design and teach learner-centred, interactive, enjoyable, goal-oriented lessons: (1) creative stimuli, (2) learner-centred discussion questions, (3) Google Jamboard, and (4) quizzes using Google Forms. Her main research interest is in how Project-Based Learning can be used to design and implement online lessons to target specific learning outcomes. As a result of her research interest in online learning, she has published papers and reviews in academic journals and presented papers that focused on online learning at conferences in Australia and Europe. 

Nat Ari’s main research interest since 2011 is in how project-based learning can be used to design and deliver online lessons that target specific learning outcomes. Outschool allows her to bring her research to life!

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Shelby

I always start my classes by telling my learners that I only have one “rule” in my class – I want to learn something from them by the end of the lesson.I make sure to ask loads of questions and teach new vocabulary as much as possible. I follow the experiential learning cycle – children will learn about a topic, reflect on their experience, gain insight and explore ways to transfer their learning to other situations. All my classes can be adapted to different ages and abilities, and I’m constantly working with the learners and their guardians to make sure my learning environment suits their needs. All children are not only welcomed, but embraced too. My classroom is my place but their space.

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Sreenidhi Pundi Muralidharan

I make the class more interactive by encouraging students to think from their perspectives. I also ask lots of questions and welcome students to use their ideas. I think that is more important for a coding class since it encourages creative thinking. I also help children to finish their projects by waiting for them after class hours, and after everyone else has logged off the meeting. This makes students who were a little bit behind in class, either due to difficulties understanding or any other technical difficulties, catch up with the rest of the class. I guess this really boosts up their confidence-level. I have had students thanking me profusely for this. I also offer separate one-on-one classes for students who might have missed a specific class. This ensures individualized attention as well.

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Connected Educators

Kimberlin Winn

Kimberlin is a dance teacher, behavior technician and mentor. She is driven to uplift, empower and give her students a sense of belonging. In each of Kimberlin’s classes she allows a space for her students to feel seen, heard and supported. With every fresh start she allows her students to get inspired and connect with others in the class to create a team oriented experience. Each student shares something they are celebrating and/or something to be grateful for. They discuss kindness to self and others. Kimberlin keeps her classes fun and high energy for the entirety of the class. Through self-love and passion, she aims to help her students find their confidence and unique self expression. Kimberlin is an inspired dancer turned life coach with over 24 years of dancing experience. Trained by top industry professionals such as Beyonce’s choreographer Aisha Francis and KreativMndz Dance Academy, she has performed with the likes of UK artist Mahalia and has participated in trainings, and competitions across the U.S. Her love for dance has been fueled by passion, as well as a traumatic health experience that has ultimately shaped her life path and purpose. She currently chooses to use her story to uplift others by working as a dance teacher, behavior technician and mentor. She is committed to clients of all ages and genders supporting them with emotional, behavior and mental challenges. 

Through the challenges and adversity of COVID19 Kimberlin was seeking a way to connect with others through quarantine, keeping their bodies and hearts strong, hopeful and connected. Discovering Outschool has been the greatest gift. Kimberlin has been able to connect with children all over the U.S. Through the reviews and messages she has received, parents express how grateful they are that their child/children have been able to find joy again through quarantine and connect with others!

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Ms. Erica

 I embody empathy in my classroom. I believe having empathy is an important quality to have while teaching. It allows you to become what you need to be for each student. Each learner has their own personality and learning style. Within a course of one class, you will have various personalities. Knowing how to relate to each child will help bring their confidence levels out. Being able to sense how they are feeling will help not to overwhelm a more shy student. Or at times you may need to be more animated for more active students. Being able to sense how the students feel helps bring a class to life and make it successful.

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