Kimberly King finished her sixth grade homework…so she’s going to fourth grade.
As the new fourth grade teacher at Chatfield Elementary, King comes to the district after having spent the past six years teaching sixth grade in Roseville and Rochester.
“When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. I would play ‘school’ with my brother and ask my teachers for extra worksheets to take home to use while playing,” she explained. “I chose to become a teacher because I realized at a young age that I loved school and wanted to learn for a living. Teachers are lifelong learners. I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I also had some inspiring teachers growing up that encouraged me to pursue this dream.”
King graduated from Rushford-Peterson High School in 2003 and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2007.
“This past May, I also received my master’s degree from St. Marys University,” she added. “I decided to come to Chatfield because I wanted to get back into a smaller school and smaller town, where I would prefer to raise my family.”
She anticipates challenging her students and learning from them. “I am excited for the curiosity that students possess and the challenge — for me — that comes with helping them learn as much as possible. Fourth graders are at a particularly fun age because they are becoming more independent with their learning and are reading to learn.”
King believes students need to learn social skills along with their academics.
“They need to feel valued and give others value,” she said. “They need to pick themselves up after failures and recognize that the best things in life don’t come easily, but are completely worth the hard work and effort.”
She also anticipates that the school year will bring lots of joys, laughs, frustrations, triumphs, challenges and fond memories.
“I hope to make a difference in a child’s life by giving value to him when he least expects it,” King said. “I want to inspire my students to become lifelong learners and appreciate the joys in the world.”
King has a relatively short commute to work each morning, though she hopes to shorten it a little more.
“Right now, I am living in Rushford, but we hope to buy or build a house in the near future,” she said. “I am married to my husband, Jackson, and we have two children, Hayden, 3 years old, and Halle, 18 months old. We also have a 5-year-old beagle, Suzy. My parents live in rural Lanesboro, and my brother, Dan, lives in Duluth.”
In her spare time, King likes to swim, do yoga, visit family and friends, read, go to parks, museums and zoos on the weekend and travel, although she noted there doesn’t seem to be enough spare time during the school year.
In addition to her classes at Chatfield, King will also be teaching a class at St. Marys University this fall.