Mr. Kinney holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from Dominican University of California. Both as an educator and a parent, Mr. Kinney has been involved in education reform through his work with innovative charter schools.
His specialty is teaching science and is credentialed in both Physics and Biology/Life Sciences.
He has taught at NCS since 2007 working as the classroom teacher for the Class of 2010 and teaching science and technology, and projects in the middle school.
In his words:
I first encountered Novato Charter students while teaching science at the project-based charter high school MSAT. I knew there was something special about NCS because the students had a much higher love of learning and curiosity than I was used to seeing from other local schools. They also brought creativity and artistry to their work in science which was refreshing to see. When an opportunity came to work at NCS, I felt fortunate to join this amazing learning environment.
Now having worked at the school for a few years, along with having my own children attend, I fully understand the magic behind NCS. The curriculum is masterful, the teachers care and collaborate and support one another, and the parents and administrators do whatever is necessary to support the NCS community.
I especially value the privilege to build closer, long-term relationships with my students. By teaching my students over multiple years, it has allowed me to make greater connections to past experiences and to have a greater impact in their personal growth and academic achievement.
For me, this is what it is all about.