“I truly believe that The Knight School has helped in transforming our school culture.” –Dr. Charles Yeager, Principal, Gardendale Elementary School


“I have worked with The Knight School since 2012, the year they brought The Knight School Chess experience to Irondale Community School, a Title 1 Jefferson County School.  TKS taught 50-80 third, fourth, and fifth grade students each year with a waiting list of 20-50 students. As a veteran teacher with 39 years in the classroom, it is a thrill to see these students excited to play a mentally stimulating game that teaches critical thinking skills and social skills.” -–Nancy Dunn, Irondale Community School Gifted Teacher and Chess Moderator


“The Knight School left our students at the Birmingham Summer Institute not only with a tremendous amount of chess knowledge, but also with strategic thinking skills they carry with them to all types of problem solving encounters, including academic, interpersonal, and larger social situations.” –Mallory Bubbett, Birmingham Boys’ Institute Summer Site Coordinator


“It was such a blessing for our children to have the opportunity to be introduced to the game of chess. Some of our children are unable to participate in extracurricular activities due to their families’ economic status, so TKS coming to share its time pro bono was greatly appreciated.” –Chrysanthea Thomas, Chalkville Elementary School Teacher and Chess Moderator


“The Knight School taught my students to strategize, to remain calm under pressure, and to be good sports.” –Charla Balogh, Gardendale Elementary School Teacher and Chess Moderator


“The TKS chess program has opened doors of opportunity for my students helping to nurture and grow them as future leaders, enhancing their academic performance, developing critical thinking skills, and increasing confidence and self-worth.” –Teresa Blount, Center Point Elementary School Guidance Counselor and Chess Moderator

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