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Meet Your Colleagues

Thoughts About Teaching For Kolbe….


English and Literature Department

Teacher Since: 2013-14 School Year

“Kolbe Academy not only helped me to discover my vocation as an educator, but it provided me with an entire education as well. I did not have the benefit of a classical education in my youth. Teaching Kolbe’s Ancient Greek Literature and Ancient Roman Literature courses has given me a richer understanding and a more profound appreciation for our cultural heritage. I love passing this ancient wisdom on to my students and helping them to understand it in the light of Christ. I had a student sit through my class yesterday who was just visiting, and she typed in the chat box at the end: “Coming from a public school, every class at Kolbe feels to me like a theology class!” It is such a joy to bring our faith into each classroom, whether we teach literature, math, or science. Despite the digital nature of the school, I have found that I can still develop deep and lasting relationships with my students. We have a true “community” here, and while graduates can’t stop by my physical classroom to say “hi” when they are, say, home from college, they often send me emails after they graduate, giving me little updates on their lives, or they pop onto their younger sibling’s webcam after class to say “hi” when they are home. Kolbe provides a lot of structure and support for teachers, while also trusting them to do things their own way, giving them the independence they need to feel free to experiment, try out new things, and innovate. It is a wonderful school and I think we all feel pretty lucky to teach here!”


Foreign Language Department

Teacher Since: 2017-18 School Year

“My position at Kolbe arrived at the perfect moment for my life’s circumstances at the time (thanks to the Holy Spirit, I’m sure). I have felt so spoiled ever since. The faculty and staff, students, and parents all create a beautiful Catholic community with a passion for learning. Not only is Kolbe ahead of the curve in the realm of virtual school, it is a place where true intellectual and spiritual growth are fostered. As a Kolbe teacher, I am blessed to have highly motivated, enthusiastic students, multi-talented and supportive colleagues, and an administration who always has my back. In an uncertain world, it is wonderful to know that we can all lift each other up in prayer and help bring out the best in each other here at Kolbe.” 


English and Literature Department

Teacher Since: 2018-19 School Year

“Working for Kolbe has been such an amazing opportunity. Having taught in public school classrooms and homeschool co-ops, I have found teaching online with Kolbe to provide the perfect work-home balance. I can homeschool my own children while keeping my classroom teaching skills fresh and engaging with wonderful students from devout Catholic families. There is a true camaraderie among the faculty, and the administration at Kolbe is so supportive. I feel respected as a teacher in my field at Kolbe Academy and encouraged in my role as a wife and mother as well. I love that this job has allowed me to pursue both my vocations as a wife and mother and as an educator. When I was hired, I was pregnant with my sixth child, and teaching online during a difficult pregnancy was such a blessing compared to being on my feet in a classroom all day, and once my son was born the maternity leave was flexible and I was able to ease back in without ever needing to be away from my baby for more than an hour at a time. This is a truly Catholic employer – faith is interwoven into every aspect of Kolbe Academy – the curriculum, the classes, and the work culture.”

Mrs. Elizabeth Hoxie

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Science Department Chair

Teacher Since: 2014-15 School Year

“Working for Kolbe Academy has been life-changing for our family. Online education is my passion, and while completing my degree, I sought a school that would share my love of online, Catholic, and Classical education combined. As you can guess, I found that in Kolbe. However, my love for the school didn’t stop there! Kolbe has an amazingly supportive administration, respectful and intuitive students, as well as faithful, kind, and intelligent teachers. The community of learners that is Kolbe Academy is a dream team. We build each other up in faith, family, and academics. We may not all live in the same state, but we can count on each other for support and guidance. I love Kolbe, whoever joins the team next will be glad they did!”

Mrs. Kelly Powers

Mathematics Department Chair

Teacher Since: 2013-14 School Year

‘For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.’ —Matthew 6:8

“When I was first approached about helping start Kolbe’s online school, I had a great part time job that I loved and no desire for additional work. The prospect of teaching online did not appeal to me. And yet, I somehow found myself teaching Geometry for Kolbe that fall. Because God knew what I needed.

Five years later, and I see so much more clearly now. I see how you can create a sense of community through a computer screen. I see the benefits of knowing and working with people from all over the country (and even the world!). I’ve watched our program grow and flourish and I feel so honored to have been a part of it.

Most of all, I see the need that Kolbe had fulfilled in my life. It has allowed me to serve so many with the talents that God has given me. And yet, I have not had to sacrifice my service to my family. In addition, working in a Catholic environment has helped develop a deeper love of the Lord. I am truly thankful for the needs that Kolbe had filled in my life.”

Dr. Jordan Almanzar

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Teacher Since: 2014-15 School Year

“Teaching for Kolbe Academy has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Our students and staff enjoy a phenomenal solidarity, which I think this comes from the unimpeded converging of people with like-minded educational goals. We are traversing the typical obstacles, such as geography, and are connecting the best students and teachers across the globe. This is my favorite aspect of being a teacher at Kolbe Academy.”

Mrs. Therese Prudlo

History Department

Teacher Since: 2016-17 School Year

“Before teaching here I was first drawn to Kolbe Academy for my children because of its commitment to giving a classical education that was steeped in the tradition of the Church. I found that Kolbe had developed a vibrant sense of community that is a joy to be a part of.  Even with the physical distance between us, the Kolbe community could not be closer. The staff, teachers, and department heads all work together with families to form young students to go out into the world and be witnesses for Christ and His Church!”