Kyria Kalata: Empowering Families Through Education and Storytelling
Kyria’s passion for knowledge blossomed at a young age when she discovered the power of reading. She found herself lost in the pages of countless books and it quickly became a special gift that she holds dear to this day. As a student, she tutored her peers and adults in English as a second language, igniting her passion for teaching and guiding others.
Kyria’s love for teaching started early on, and she had a natural talent for bridging language barriers. One of her earliest experiences in this regard was when she was partnered with a new student at school who didn’t speak much English. Kyria was friendly, helpful, and patient, and she quickly found ways to communicate with her new friend, using simple words and gestures to help her understand. This experience gave Kyria a sense of fulfillment and purpose, and it ignited her passion to help others learn and grow.
In the mid 1980’s, Kyria began tutoring English to a neighboring family from China with a 2-year-old daughter. She taught them everyday words and phrases, and she loved seeing the progress they made as they started to communicate more confidently in English. Kyria felt a deep sense of satisfaction in helping this family adapt to their new home. It was a fulfilling experience, and it ignited her passion to help others learn and grow. She knew that she had a gift for helping people, and she was determined to use it to make a positive difference in the world.
In the 5th grade, after reading the book Dear Mr. Henshaw, Kyria set two goals for herself: to read every book in the library and to become a writer. It took her two years to read all the books, except for the adult fiction books (she wasn’t intrested in romance and the boring lives of adults). It was during this time that she discovered the library had books to teach math, science, and even Russian. This discovery opened her eyes to the endless possibilities of learning and inspired her to pursue a lifelong journey of education.
Kyria spent over a decade working as a TV journalist for various networks across the Midwest, including ABC (Hearst Multi-Media), CBS (O&O), and NBC, where she honed her skills in storytelling and communication. She viewed this as an oppertunity to keep the public informed about imporant things happening in the community. In a way Kyria was helping people learn and grow. During her time in journalism, she covered a wide range of topics and events, from breaking news to human-interest stories, and even freelanced with 20/20 and Good Morning America on special reports.
In 2014, Kyria began tutoring young children professionally and was quickly struck by the profound impact it had not only on their lives, but on her own as well. It was through this work that Kyria realized families new to America needed more than just English lessons; they needed a support system to help navigate the complex school system and to better understand the variety of educational options available to them. This realization sparked her vision for The House of Education, a place where families can come for help and guidance as they pursue literacy, education, and traditional family values.
Kyria’s experience in journalism has been instrumental in shaping her vision for The House of Education, where she is passionate about helping children develop their communication skills and learn the art of storytelling. She understands the power of storytelling and how it can be used to inspire, educate, and connect people from all walks of life. As a result, Kyria is excited to launch a children’s journalism program and a storytellers program, where children can learn and develop their skills in a supportive and creative environment.
As the founder of The House of Education, Kyria is committed to helping families new to America through language, literacy, and parenting programs. Her diverse background in communications, linguistics, and early education has uniquely prepared her for this role. Kyria has a wealth of professional experience that includes over a decade of working as a TV journalist for various networks across the Midwest. During her time in journalism, she gained a deep understanding of the power of storytelling and communication. In addition to this, Kyria has also excelled in her roles as a regional sales leader/trainer for a Fortune 500 company, as well as a project manager in the medical market research field, where she specialized in rare diseases like Hemophilia.
Kyria’s personal and professional experiences have led her to this place of passion and purpose, where she combines her love for education and communication to help children and families succeed. At The House of Education, Kyria welcomes you to a warm and inviting environment where you can feel confident that your family’s educational needs will be met with care and compassion.
The Core Values at House of Education
- Celebrating and embracing the diversity of our languages and cultural backgrounds, while gamifying learning to enhance retention and make it more enjoyable
- Understanding and connecting with the unique needs and challenges of multilingual families and their children, and fostering problem-solving skills through engaging handicraft activities
- Providing high-quality educational resources and experiences to support children’s literacy development, with a focus on making learning fun and interactive
- Fostering a sense of belonging and support among multilingual families and educators through networking and collaboration, and encouraging peer-to-peer learning and knowledge-sharing
- Staying current with the latest research and best practices in literacy education, and continually seeking new and creative ways to engage and empower children and families.
Teaching Philosophy & Approach to Learning
At The House of Education, I believe that hands-on, interactive, and creative learning experiences are key to fostering a love of education in children. I employ a Socratic approach to teaching that encourages critical thinking and exploration, and I strive to create a supportive and encouraging learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes. I believe that every child has the potential to succeed and I am dedicated to helping each and every one of my students reach their full potential.