Ms. Kirwan is an Arizona native of Gilbert, AZ. She started riding horses at age 8 and competed in hunter/jumper schooling shows locally and was given her first horse Megan a Thoroughbred at age sixteen. Since she always enjoyed reading and writing, she decided after two years at Mesa Community College to pursue a degree in English Literature at Arizona State University in the hopes of becoming a teacher.
She made the Dean's list in 2008 while taking several courses on teaching English. While in college, she was a habilitation and respite provider for children with Autism. This work was very close to her heart because she grew up with a brother with Autism.
In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from ASU and began teaching first at a credit recovery school for at-risk youth and then at the renowned charter school BASIS Phoenix.
Over the course of five years teaching sixth grade, she refined her craft and gained very valuable experience teaching gifted children a rigorous curriculum. She was an active member of the school community by putting on the annual talent show in collaboration with the music department, hosting multiple after-school tutoring hours, and sending out weekly newsletters to parents.
When Ms. Kirwan saw a teaching opportunity at a therapeutic boarding school with a horsemanship program in beautiful Rimrock, AZ, she jumped at the opportunity. She loves supporting the girls in their education and personal lives and is so glad to be a part of the Sedona Sky Academy family.