Extraordinary Educator: Kimberly Spencer, Yarmouth Elementary School

 

Image caption: Kimberly Spencer, Yarmouth Elementary School

Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.

Take a look at our Q&A with Kimberly Spencer of Yarmouth Elementary School!

What made you want to become a teacher?

Growing up, I babysat many of my younger cousins. I loved spending time with them, teaching them things, reading to them, etc. I realized that I just enjoyed being with kids, so I decided to pursue a degree in elementary education.  

Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?

Being a teacher has been such a rewarding experience. I have so many wonderful memories, it’s hard to pick just one. One thing that does stand out as being particularly wonderful is being a part of the moment when things click for a youngster. Watching children begin to view themselves as readers, authors, and mathematicians never gets old. 

Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?

JA provides solid, engaging lessons that hit so many of the standards in my curriculum. I’m especially interested in financial literacy. The JA program, Our Community, does a wonderful job bringing that to life. 

Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?

Yes, after each JA program is complete, my students write thank you notes to our volunteer. Seeing them write about what they’ve learned, what they’re thankful for, and what was memorable to them is always a joy. 

What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?

I hope my students leave my classroom with a love of learning, a solid set of essential skills, a positive self-concept, and the knowledge that their second grade teacher believes in them and really cares about them. 

Thank you Kimberly for all you do for Maine students! 

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