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TEACHER TUESDAY: KIMBERLY PEREZ

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Kimberly Perez has been a teacher at Worthington Christian School since 2006. She currently teaches fifth-grade language arts.

How would you describe your teaching style? “Building relationships with my students is so important to me. I also try to have a lot of fun with my students. I have been known to simply break out in a random song during teaching.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “This year, classroom dynamics have changed with COVID, and finding time to prepare and plan has been difficult. Activities have had to be adjusted and changed to be separate yet together.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “It is so difficult to watch students struggle. When that lightbulb goes off, I literally get goosebumps. I LOVE seeing that smile spread across their face when they realize they got it. It might take many attempts and maybe a few tears along the way, but that sense of accomplishment they feel makes what I do worth it. I love being able to share that moment with them when they realize with hard work and not giving up, they can do it.”

How do you incorporate faith and learning? “This is the part I love the most. Many times we just read a book to read a book. I get the opportunity to teach them to see God in every story they read. There is a lesson that we can learn from the characters and the decisions they make, and if those decisions honor God. We discuss godly characteristics in the midst of challenges that are faced in their stories. They are learning to look for those situations on their own and prompt discussions about how the character honored God with their choices or not. It is my goal to take those literary moments and teach them to apply them to their own lives.”

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