Kim illuminates and inspires Grass Valley students to do their best each and every day. In her science classroom, she pushes students out of their comfort zones by engaging them in singing, dancing, chanting, and experiencing science in new ways. She ensures she has a variety of strategies, supplies, and vehicles to deliver information. For example, Kim keeps leveled books on hand so that no matter the reading level, children can study the same subject matter as their peers. She also arranges field trips across multiple grade levels to promote science and get kids excited about the science around them, helping them to see the world differently. She stimulates self-belief and positive thinking—by the end of the year, there is not on child who doesn’t believe they will “kill” the science MSP test. Coincidently, 94 percent of them did!
As the science liaison for Grass Valley, the CSD, and ESD112, Kim offers support and innovating ideas for teachers around her. Her open and friendly demeanor results in a great relationship with staff. They freely come to her for teaching advice and support which cultivates the “can do” attitude Grass Valley has long enjoyed.