Kym is not only an intelligent, funny, charismatic, and optimistic educator, she is also a Black woman. And she’s working hard to make this world a better place, by creating a classroom community that recognizes and embraces an individual’s history, culture, and personal story to promote learning…30 people at a time. Kym’s favorite quote is Maya Angelou’s, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Each day, she exhibits thoughtful and meaningful instruction for students in her classroom and provides a space for them to feel welcome, valued, capable, and heard. For her students, she’s not just an amazing teacher, she’s a role model. She constantly inspires her students to work hard, acknowledge their strengths and areas for improvement, and creates opportunities for them to think creatively in order to solve problems.
As a school, part of our mission is to strive for personal, academic, and civic excellence. Kym actively works towards each of these goals, and develops trusting relationships with her students, colleagues, and families of students so she can support and encourage them to be excellent, too! One of my favorite things about her is that she has a way of empowering people to make positive choices. Recently, we had a conversation about what our school could do to be more inclusive, intentional, and anti-racist. So now, she’s working hard to make our school a better place, by reviewing, modifying, and challenging our institutional practices so we can do a better job recognizing and embracing an individual’s history, culture, and personal story to promote learning…1 school at a time.