Luciole founder, Kimberly Smith, is an educator with over 15 years of experience in teaching children and educators.

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Dr. Kimberly A. Smith, Luciole Learning founder and lead teacher, has experience in both pubic and private school settings. Having worked as a teacher and as a reading coach, teaching Grades 1-8, and supporting  teachers. Kim has conducted research on how to help emerging readers enhance their phonemic awareness and oral reading skills.

In addition, she has tutored business professionals and their children from such companies as Nissan and Schneider Electric in French language acquisition.

Most recently she has supported international agencies in developing literacy programs for children and youth in fragile contexts disrupted by violence, poverty and natural disaster, working in countries such as Pakistan, Senegal, Malawi, Niger, and Lebanon.

Her educational heroes are Jan Amos Comenius, who recognized moms as their children’s primary teacher, and who created the first picture book in a local language, and Charlotte Mason, a British educator who understood that children are persons, unique individuals with inherit gifts, personalities and capacity to learn. She described education as an atmosphere , emphasizing how children learn living ideas and concepts from the real  world.

Attending workshops at Ambleside in England, Kim had the privilege to learn Charlotte Mason philosophy and teaching techniques from Eve Anderson, the last remaining educator who had  been directly trained by Charlotte Mason.

Finding a mentor in Charlotte Mason, Kim, too, seeks to walk alongside parents and educators in engaging the hearts and minds of their children in discovering the wonder of the world and using their gifts to serve.

Kim’s passions are travel, gardening, camping, and reading.


Teacher Assistants

 
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Older siblings of younger participants can apply to be assistants to Luciole teachers. Teacher assistants will have the opportunity to be a role model and leader for younger children by modeling learning activities and will assigned a small group of 4-6 learners to mentor. 

Those who wish to be teacher assistants fill out the form below, interview with the founder of Luciole, and participate in leadership training. There are 4 teacher assistant spaces per class section (Monday/ Wednesday 9-1 and Tuesday/Thursday 1-5).