Meet our newest team member, Principal of Virtual Learning Brady Quirk, who brings experience, adventure and an out-of-the-box approach to education and learning.
Tell us about your background in education.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have had varied experiences in the field of education over the past 24 years. I started my career as a secondary ELA teacher and quickly found I enjoyed working with non-traditional students, so I sought additional certifications to teach in special education and gifted education classrooms. I later served as an Assistant Principal and Alternative School Principal before moving to district administration roles in Special Services and Human Resources.
Were you familiar with Launch before taking this role?
Having been with Springfield Public Schools for 15 years, I have had the pleasure of watching Launch grow (and grow!) into the phenomenal program it is today. I have enjoyed long-standing collaboration with the Launch team and have always admired the innovation and professionalism of the department.
Why did you decide to work for Launch?
First and foremost, I was excited about the possibilities associated with the new role of Principal of Virtual Learning. Moving forward, I see many opportunities for students in this arena and feel so lucky to have the opportunity to join the team.
What are you most looking forward to in your role as Principal?
I am really looking forward to working with such an innovative and hardworking group of professionals that have the common goal of providing exceptional online learning opportunities for students all over Missouri.
What are you most passionate about in your work?
Providing out-of-the-box/alternative learning opportunities that meet students’ needs regardless of their circumstances. Technology is a great equalizer, and I’m excited to leverage that tool with Launch.
Tell us a little bit about your family (pets count, too)!
I have been married to my partner-in-life, Jamie, for 22 years – Jamie is a former teacher and a current International Baccalaureate coordinator with SPS. Our son, Logan, is a freshman Computer Science major at the University of Tulsa, and our daughter, Jordan, is a sophomore at Central High School.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love anything outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. I am an avid reader and self-avowed foodie. Cooking is a never-ending source of inspiration and fun.
What is your favorite streaming platform?
Netflix for sure – I am loving all of the international shows/content coming from around the world that Netflix carries.
What is one fact that amazes you every time you think of it?
In the crazy circumstances we currently find ourselves in, I have been continually amazed at how people are pulling together to support one another.
If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
Although I prefer small or specialty bookstores, I guess I would pick Barnes & Noble for the amazing variety. I collect books and would love to keep expanding!
Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Hawaiian pizza is my daughter’s favorite, so I have grudgingly learned to love it!