Ms. Kolb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia College. After college, she spent four and a half years as an officer in the United States Navy. In 2008, she moved to San Jose and has been working in private school administration in the Bay Area ever since. She joined the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley family in 2016 as the Head of Operations.
Ms. Kolb is a Midwesterner through and through, and feels a special connection to celebrating traditions. Having opportunities to help create traditions is even more rewarding for her. With the academics firmly in place upon her arrival to the school, she enjoyed helping to build the BISV community in its early years. While supporting some of the fun traditions that were already in place, Ms. Kolb has also had the pleasure of working with students to bring new and exciting events to the school. Celebrating the Bobcat community is one of her greatest joys on campus.
As the Head of School, a priority for Ms. Kolb is to ensure that our Bobcats understand the importance of balance. “I love working with students and parents that genuinely love to learn and want to continually better themselves. I also want students to spend their time doing activities that they genuinely enjoy, and to spend time doing things for others. A school community places value on so much more than academics: but also in valuing good citizenship, and learning personal responsibility” says Ms. Kolb. She believes in challenging students in achievable increments and praising success as it is achieved, stating, “My goal as an educator has always been to help students enjoy learning and to look forward to coming to school every day.”
When not on campus, Ms. Kolb enjoys her time with her family. You will often find her at the hockey rink, cheering on her son during practice, or going on walks with her special needs daughter, whose favorite thing on earth is fresh air and to feel the wind on her face. Ms. Kolb is also an avid professional hockey fan, and enjoys going to Sharks games when she can.