Kevin Wood is an early childhood educator and private tutor with ten years of experience in a variety of settings and locations. He has taught Kindergarten and 1st grade at schools both public and private in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Oakland and San Francisco. Prior to teaching, Kevin worked shortly in publishing and earned a MFA in writing from Johns Hopkins. After moving to New York, Kevin began teaching Kindergarten at the Ethical Culture School, ultimately staying for three years and realizing that he had found a rewarding and inspiring new path. It was after those three years that Kevin went back to graduate school, this time for a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at NYU. Upon graduation, Kevin began teaching Kindergarten for the NYC Department of Education. Later, when Kevin spent two years in San Francisco, he continued teaching Kindergarten and first grade at San Francisco Day School and Redwood Day School. Now, Kevin teaches the 5’s class at the quickly growing Coop School in Brooklyn. In addition to working with students on both coasts, Kevin has also spent time in Seoul, Korea, teaching writing to young Korean students.
Kevin is a certified educator by the states of both California and New York. In the Bay Area Writing Project, Kevin joined a selective group of teachers who came together in Berkeley for five weeks to share best practices. He has worked and trained with local Reggio Emilia experts. And he trained with the Orton-Gillingham based Reading Reform Foundation program. In the classroom, Kevin has extensive experience working with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Other widely-used curricula include Math in the City and the hands-on math program TERC. All the while, Kevin has used additional and alternative approaches to differentiate for individual learners. Lastly, Kevin has served on the Admissions Committees of three different highly selective schools and is aware of the age-specific expectations that generally exist.
What Kevin appreciates most about working with young students is the sense of awe and wonderment they bring to every experience, in or out of the classroom. They inspire “grown-ups” to marvel at the world too. He also particularly enjoys teaching students the fundamentals of reading and writing and watching as skills and strategies empower ever-growing ability.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys traveling (anywhere new), painting, biking, running the bridges, riding the subway (it’s true), grocery shopping, cooking, and reading, among other pursuits. He lives in downtown Brooklyn.