Samantha Kirby is our 1st grade teacher, she goes by Sam. Sam is originally from Alaska, growing up in McGrath, Sitka but spending most of her childhood in Valdez. In high school her family moved to Southwest Florida. In Cape Coral, Florida she discovered her love for martial arts of all styles. She has had the opportunity of competing in MMA, Karate-do, Muay Thai Kickboxing and many more styles in her 10-year martial arts career. Martial arts led to her love of teaching! She found teaching to be proactive and empowering. She enjoyed teaching 1st and 2nd grade but needed a change from Florida, so she spent some time in New York with family. Once she realized New York was too fast for her, she and her boyfriend Mike drove back to Alaska. They both really enjoy road trips and National Parks, so she is glad to be back in her home state! She and Mike are excited to be Homer residents and being a part of this great community.