Marie Kirk

Director of Marketing and Advancement

Marie became part of the World Academy community in the Spring of 1992.  She earned a B.A. in Human Development / Special Education from Rivier University, and she has continued to expand her knowledge of education and leadership exponentially over the years. In addition to attending local workshops and being part of the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2017, Marie was a member of an educational cohort through Southern New Hampshire University.  She gained her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification in the fall of 2019.  This was a great addition to her Highly Qualified Teacher’s status as a certified NH teacher. In 2018 Mrs. Kirk became Principal of our school and enjoyed working closely with our student body while collaborating with our dynamic teachers.

This year Marie will redirect her role within our community to focus on community outreach and admissions.  This will be a true asset as it will help expand World Academy’s footprint within our larger community and bring additional learning opportunities for our teachers and students.  This transition has long been a part of World Academy’s long range plans. Community relationship building and partnership development are very important to the growth of our school!

Born and raised in Nashua, Mrs. Kirk now lives in Groton, Massachusetts with her husband Jim, a Nashua Firefighter, and daughter Emma, an alumna of World Academy.  Her family is rounded out with their miniature dachshund, Lincoln.  Marie enjoys watching Emma grow and mature in and out of school, especially sharing her new experiences.  She loves spending time with her close-knit extended family and friends.

Having worked at World Academy for close to three decades, Mrs. Kirk finds great joy in being an active member of our school community and finding new ways to foster the growth of our students, teachers, and families.  She pledges to support World Academy to continue to expand the learning in the classrooms with engaging, meaningful, and rigorous opportunities combined with hands-on experiences, learning chances outside of the classroom, adventures with engineering, creative and performing arts experiences, and exposure to cross-curricular real-world situations.  She will focus on sharing our mission and achievements with our surrounding communities.  Marie looks forward each day to working collaboratively with our dynamic learning community, responsive leadership team, and outside community.


  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from Southern NH University
  • BA in Human Development/Early Childhood Education/General Special Education from Rivier College
  • NH State Certified Teacher, Highly Qualified Status


  • 2008-Present – World Academy Teacher–4th Grade and Middle School
  • 1997-2006 – World Academy Teacher–3rd and 4th Grade
  • 1992-1997 – World Academy–Afternoon Assistant & Summer Camp Counselor

Mrs. Kirk is one of my favorite teachers. She is not strict at all and is very nice. Mrs. Kirk is very understanding and kind. She makes sure everyone is safe and happy.