Fresh from her student teaching abroad, Kim joined The Little School early last year. She began as a teacher in the Little Star's toddler room, but she took the helm as Team Leader of the Mighty Me's this month. With her she brings a wealth of early childhood experience from all over the world. A native of Cary NC, Kim has a B.S. in Child Development from Appalachian State University. She is a world traveler with invaluable experience working in schools in Costa Rica and Chile. A true partner in children's education, Kim loves watching the kids develop and grown into who they are. Likewise, we love watching Kim grow and expand into her new position of Team Leader. She is grace under pressure, and an awesome rock. We are so glad to have her, and to share this little bit of her with you.
* How did you find your way to TLS?
I found TLS after returning to North Carolina from interning in Chile. I had some experience with the same philosophies as TLS and knew I wanted to work at a school that followed these. I saw the website for The Little School and, after visiting, knew that I wanted to be a part of the TLS community.
* What is your educational approach? How do you find children learn best?
I feel that children learn best through play and exploration. I think we can focus too much on academics and that we often forget that children are still children. I think we often take their play for granted and sometimes don't realize how much it helps them learn and develop.
* What was the most interesting trip you have taken?
My favorite trip was my student teaching experience in Costa Rica. I had the opportunity to live with a host-family, work in a kindergarten classroom, help construct an orphanage, and travel throughout the country. It was a great way to experience the culture and see the country, and it provided me with numerous adventures and memories.
* If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could have superpowers I would love to teleport and time travel. I love traveling, so being able to do so whenever I choose would be amazing. I also think it would be interesting to go back in time and experience how life was different back then.
* What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
When I was 12, I was really interested in interior design. I watched every episode of Trading Spaces on television and my dream was to work on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!
* What words do you live by?
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.