Teacher Spotlight: Kimberley Walker

Grade(s) Taught:
First, Second, and Currently 3rd Grade. All with the same students!

Subjects Taught:
All Elementary

School Name:
Rockwood Elementary

State:
OK

Teaching Motto:
Don’t just do enough to get by, do enough to get ahead!

How many years have you been teaching?
9

Who or what inspired you to become a teacher?
I love explaining new things to children. I call myself a “professional explainer”. To see the students use knowledge that I introduced to them is just an amazing feeling!

I initially wanted to be a Child Psychologist but soon realized that I could do that and help MANY children at once instead of one child an hour.  My career is the second most important thing to me. I have learned to do it well after many years but I also love that I am still learning after many years!

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?
Don’t be mediocre. Don’t minimize your impact.  Don’t think you can catch up, do it today. Know that there are bad days, horrible days, and then also know that there are amazing, beautiful, life changing days.  You are the idol to the children in your classroom.  Do not let them down. You can do it!

My best day in the classroom was when:
Being able to loop up with children from first, second, and now third grade has brought many “great” days.  My “best” day ever is yet to come.  It will be when I see these students graduate high school.

What’s your one must-have item for your classroom?
Pencil and Paper. I can teach ANYTHING with these two items.

If you could have one teacher superpower, what would it be?
Be able to help each student one on one EVERY DAY!

What was the last non-academic book you’ve read?
All That is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Nursing

Have a question you’d like to ask your fellow educators?
How do you not become a “teach the test” teacher?

 

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