Academic Leadership

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Jordan Knoetgen

Principal

Meet Jordan. He began his career in education back in 1999 as a college tutor and became a NYC-certified special educator in 2008. He started with Brilliant Microschool as a passionate, fun-loving middle school teacher, but quickly took on additional tasks such as curriculum writing, teacher training, and policy development until he was named Principal in 2023. As Principal of Brilliant Microschool, his primary mission is to ensure exceptional, passionate teachers and a thought-provoking, engaging curriculum, so that every student at BMS, regardless of their unique learning characteristics, can actualize their full potential and manifest their dreams, whatever they may be.

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Lori Anderson

Dean of Student Progress

Meet Lori, an experienced educator with a dedicated 23-year career in teaching. Her firm belief lies in the inherent ability of all students to learn, a conviction that guides her commitment to delivering instruction tailored to individual levels and presented in an engaging and enjoyable manner—a principle that fuels her enduring passion for education.

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Katie Campos

Director of Student Engagement

Meet Katie. Being the Director of Student Engagement at Brilliant Microschool, she is passionate about fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment for students. With a commitment to harnessing the power of technology, she leads initiatives that promote active student participation and collaboration.

Senior Management

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Claudia

Head of Administration

Claudia bridges the connection between our school's Parent Support and teachers. Leveraging her extensive background in education and customer success, she strengthens our administrative team, fostering a supportive environment for all.

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John

Head of People Operations

An experienced HR professional with over a decade of recruiting and human resources expertise. Holding a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, John serves as the head of the HR team, ensuring that our new teachers not only meet the highest standards but also provide our students and their families with exceptional teaching guidance. With a commitment to maintaining employee satisfaction, John plays a pivotal role in creating a harmonious and successful work environment.

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Patrick

Head of Admissions

Patrick and his team are your first point of contact, working directly with families interested in joining our unique school. He leads a fantastic team committed to providing a top-notch enrollment experience, ensuring families feel valued and prepared. Patrick adds a personal touch to the admissions journey, always emphasizing that our students' learning experience is our top priority.

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Nicolas

Head of TechOps

Meet Nicolas, a tech enthusiast & dedicated professional pursuing an MBA. Armed with an MSc in Advanced Information Systems, and various Project Management certificates, he adds valuable expertise to our team. As the head of our tech department, Nicolas ensures our systems meet the highest standards, ensuring an exceptional experience for our students and their families. Committed to continuous improvement, we strive for excellence in education by refining and optimizing our tech operations daily.

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Anastasia

Teacher Support Lead

Her primary focus revolves around seamlessly onboarding new teachers and providing comprehensive assistance throughout their integration. Anastasia takes pride in meticulously organizing the training process, ensuring that our new educators are well-prepared and ready to excel when they step into their classrooms.

The Brilliant Microschool

Mission, Values & Vision

Mission

We unleash student growth with fun learning, sound values, and strong relationships. Students take small steps forward every day in friendly groups of ten. We steer their progress with regular, low-stakes checks instead of big, stressful tests. They learn to handle uncertainty, preparing them not for a specific kind of future but for a world of constant change.

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Our Vision

The Brilliant Microschool will stand as the gold standard for K12 education, with intimate classrooms, future-focused curricula, and timeless teaching. We will break through walls, making real-world, engaging learning accessible to every curious mind around the world. Through each interaction, we'll not just prepare students for the future but empower them to create it.

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Where Students Unlock Their Potential

What is the single most important trait of happy, successful people?
Taking initiative: being curious, questioning the status quo, deciding for oneself, exploring, finding your own way.

However, in most schools, students learn to follow orders, to be helpless without direction...

Self-reliant students 👉 Thriving adults