Meet Kim. She is Beauty Revived with Laura Witt Photography

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Meet Kim. She is Beauty Revived.

For 35 years Kim has worked for the same school district educating kindergarten and 1st graders. Her impact on the students does not stop once they leave her class. Several students that were once 1st grade boys and girls have returned as high school and college students to help Kim in her class by either reading books to the students or as student teachers. The families she has helped and encouraged and the children she has loved and educated goes well beyond her classroom. And her passion for teaching was never in question.

When Kim was a little girl she knew she’d grow up to become a teacher. As one of eight children, Kim grew up near the area where she has now taught for 35 years with the support of her three sons and husband, who is also a teacher in the district. Through college she never doubted her decision to major in education and has since helped many other student teachers follow their own passion in education. Her love for family reaches beyond her home and into her class where she makes each of her students feel accepted and special.

Several parents submitted their stories of how Kim has helped their children, or even their whole family. A mother reached out to me who had a daughter in Kim’s class 24 years ago and stated that the love and attention that Kim gave to her daughter in the class has made a lasting impression. When Machael’s daughter was in 1st grade the family was presented with some challenges. Kim was able to see how the challenges affected the little girl who had recently lost a Grandpa she was close to and was becoming a big sister for the first time. The little girl could not understand how her mom and dad would be able to continue loving her and the new baby sister and she worried that her parents would have to stop loving her once her sister arrived. Kim reassured her student and shared with her about the six sisters that Kim grew up with and how her parents had lots of love for them all, and now they are best friends. Machael stated that she and her family will always be grateful for Kim, even 24 years later.

Another parent reached out to share about how much Kim has helped with her son, Joshua. Kim noticed that the young boy may need help with reading so after discussing this with his parents she created a spot in a language enrichment group as she did not just want the little boy to maintain status quo, but instead she wanted him to excel and keep climbing the ladder of improvement. Also, what seems like small things to adults can be very worrisome to a 1st grader as many of us may forget. Joshua, was feeling anxious about getting the hot lunch at school so Kim took it upon herself to help him over this barrier. She came up with an idea to help calm his nerves but without causing embarrassment. He no longer avoids the hot lunch line and gets to participate with his classmates in something that he would have otherwise continued to feel anxious about.

A co-worker of Kim’s wrote this: “While working with Kim, I walk down the hallway and see her sitting on the floor by her students as they are smiling from ear to ear while she teaches them a new strategy to use in math. She helps students pick out books that fit their needs and children leave her room loving to read. I would have to say that Kim is an absolutely amazing educator, but what really sets her apart from other teachers is her caring personality about all students. Every week I see her sitting at our front table in the hallway at school eating with a young boy who has a disability. As a staff member, I know Kim is someone I can e-mail day or night and she will do whatever it takes to help me out.”

Soon Kim has to make a very big decision, one that she couldn’t talk about without getting emotional. By December of this year she decides if she will retire or continue to teach 1st grade. So many families are hoping she’ll continue, but the community will benefit greatly either way as Kim’s commitment and passion for this school district will not stop whether she is in the classroom, at high school sporting events cheering on the Papillion Titans, or volunteering to fill in the gap for children wherever retirement leads her.For 35 years Kim has worked for the same school district educating kindergarten and 1st graders. Her impact on the students does not stop once they leave her class. Several students that were once 1st grade boys and girls have returned as high school and college students to help Kim in her class by either reading books to the students or as student teachers. The families she has helped and encouraged and the children she has loved and educated goes well beyond her classroom. And her passion for teaching was never in question.

Several parents submitted their stories of how Kim has helped their children, or even their whole family. A mother reached out to me who had a daughter in Kim’s class 24 years ago and stated that the love and attention that Kim gave to her daughter in the class has made a lasting impression. When Machael’s daughter was in 1st grade the family was presented with some challenges. Kim was able to see how the challenges affected the little girl who had recently lost a Grandpa she was close to and was becoming a big sister for the first time. The little girl could not understand how her mom and dad would be able to continue loving her and the new baby sister and she worried that her parents would have to stop loving her once her sister arrived. Kim reassured her student and shared with her about the six sisters that Kim grew up with and how her parents had lots of love for them all, and now they are best friends. Machael stated that she and her family will always be grateful for Kim, even 24 years later.

Another parent reached out to share about how much Kim has helped with her son, Joshua. Kim noticed that the young boy may need help with reading so after discussing this with his parents she created a spot in a language enrichment group as she did not just want the little boy to maintain status quo, but instead she wanted him to excel and keep climbing the ladder of improvement. Also, what seems like small things to adults can be very worrisome to a 1st grader as many of us may forget. Joshua, was feeling anxious about getting the hot lunch at school so Kim took it upon herself to help him over this barrier. She came up with an idea to help calm his nerves but without causing embarrassment. He no longer avoids the hot lunch line and gets to participate with his classmates in something that he would have otherwise continued to feel anxious about.

A co-worker of Kim’s wrote this: “While working with Kim, I walk down the hallway and see her sitting on the floor by her students as they are smiling from ear to ear while she teaches them a new strategy to use in math. She helps students pick out books that fit their needs and children leave her room loving to read. I would have to say that Kim is an absolutely amazing educator, but what really sets her apart from other teachers is her caring personality about all students. Every week I see her sitting at our front table in the hallway at school eating with a young boy who has a disability. As a staff member, I know Kim is someone I can e-mail day or night and she will do whatever it takes to help me out.”

Soon Kim has to make a very big decision, one that she couldn’t talk about without getting emotional. By December of this year she decides if she will retire or continue to teach 1st grade. So many families are hoping she’ll continue, but the community will benefit greatly either way as Kim’s commitment and passion for this school district will not stop whether she is in the classroom, at high school sporting events cheering on the Papillion Titans, or volunteering to fill in the gap for children wherever retirement leads her.50-beautiful-teachers-laura-witt-photography_0001P I N_______I M A G E

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Laura Witt Photography specializes in portrait lifestyle sessions for children, families, and seniors that capture your personality and story.

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