Since my career began in 2006, I have taught at three Title One schools and understand what it takes to connect with students who sometimes have tough and complicated home lives. I've been at this long enough I feel like I'm really starting to get this teaching thing down. However, I'm reflective enough to realize that there is still much more I can do for my students. I have recently over the last several years embraced minimalism in my home life and am working towards incorporating it more into my classroom, from talking less, to reducing the amount of visual clutter in my classroom from instruments to posters. I'm working to take away the fluff and excess and get down to what's really important-- teaching great music to my great students.
Keep 'em busy! I believe 99% of discipline problems are actually pacing problems. If you don't give them time to misbehave, they will be and do better. Also, I love to laugh and joke with my kids and have fun while learning. I feel like sometimes as teachers we take ourselves too seriously. We are in the business of little people, and I want them to learn and grow in a fun and safe environment.
Fairglen Elementary's Teacher of the Year 2012-2013; Central Florida Orff Scholarship for Level One training in 2010
Master's of Music Education- University of Florida; Bachelor's of Music Education- Stetson University; Orff Level One- Stetson University; Orff Level Two- Stetson University; Kodály Level One- Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Kodály Level Two- Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; World Music Drumming Level One- Nashville, TN
Kimberly, a native Floridian, is married to her best friend, James, an engineer, and an attorney is working on making the world a better place through the intersection of his two passions. They together have a beautiful red-headed four-year-old who enjoys trips to Disney World, gymnastics class, and reading books. In her personal time, Kim enjoys working towards minimalism, being creative, and going on adventures.