I am thrilled to feature this week’s teacher! I think Kim Golding is one of the BEST teachers in Utah (and I know a lot of teachers), but I will admit I am a little biased. Mrs. Golding was my son’s first grade teacher and that school year was incredible. Read on to learn more about her career.
Where did you do your teacher prep? Utah State University
Where have you taught in your teaching career? Grant Elementary and Cherry Creek Elementary
What is the funniest thing a student has ever said? 1st Grade Student: Teacher, when you come to school, is that your work? Me: Yep! Student: Well, that’s just great! I hope you make a lot of money!
What advice would you give to new teachers? Don’t compare yourself to other teachers—which can be easier said than done!! You need to teach in the way that fits your style and personality!
Describe any experience you have had in education policy. I have really only been involved on the school level, using my experience to give input and feedback in the direction of Cherry Creek’s policies and procedures.
(side note from the author- I think many teachers downplay their role on developing school level policy. This impact is the MOST critical because it directly affects students and can often result in immediate positive changes.)
What’s the biggest change you would like to see in education? I would like to just go to school to do my job—teach kids! So many things are always being added to our plates, it can be exhausting.
Why did you choose to become an educator and why do you choose to stay in the profession? I’ve always had a love for kids and wanted to be a teacher when I was a child. Working in a preschool during my college years helped solidify that teaching is really what I wanted to do! I’ve stuck with it, because as hard and stressful as it can be, I love those kids and the light in their eyes when they learn something new, and feeling like I can make a difference in their lives!
Thanks for all you do Kim. I know first hand how much you love your students and the extra effort you make to connect with their families. Utah is lucky to have you! If you are interested in adding Mrs. Golding to your professional learning network you can follow her on Twitter @kimgolding