Hillsdale County Community Foundation
2020 Teacher of the Year
Kim is an Agri-Science Instructor at Jonesville Community Schools. With 24 years of teaching experience in the areas of science, math, and STEM instruction, Kim joined the staff in Jonesville in 2012 where she has taught for the past 7 years.
Kim is a kind and patient teacher whose desire is to see every student reach their full potential. She operates under the theory “there are no problems, only solutions”. Her project based class allows students to design investigations to test theories within the science of agriculture. Learning for her students occurs in a classroom, a field, a garden, and a barn. Providing students with the skills of problem solving and the ability to work as a team to find positive methods of handling tough situations, is a part of her classroom environment. Those skills have seen great rewards with several students taking home top awards for their projects at state and national competitions.
Giving back to the community is also engrained in each of her students. Under Kim’s leadership, the Jonesville FFA students maintain a community garden, harvesting over 2700 pounds of fresh produce and 50 pounds of canned produce for the local food banks. They are also involved in planting flowers throughout downtown Jonesville, providing service by raking leaves for local families, and assisting in the development of a petting farm for Somerset Beach Campgrounds. Their cumulative service involves thousands of hours of assistance to others.
In her application, Kim stated she believes exceptional teachers are caring, loving, and humorous individuals who have the ability to have a positive impact on others. They are flexible, demonstrate outstanding listening and communication skills, and are respectful and kind.
Thank you Kim for being one of those teachers.