Kim Rostick is a fourth grade teacher at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in Tampa, FL. During her 17 years she has been part of a dynamic duo AKA team teaching, enhancing the learning experiences of students. Because all of us are smarter than one of us, she acknowledges the teaching partners she has had the privilege to work with including: Vickii Johnson, Allison Lester, Callie Brown, Megan Freda and Tara Novell. Kim’s teaching philosophy, reflected in the Constituting America lesson plan, is to provide students with two things they need most: walk and talk. As students learn to balance the stimulating and productive, they are provided with opportunities to be inquirers, practice active listening, collaborate, role play and to sit and think. In the spirit of the Founding Fathers and Mothers, students learn the power of words through poetry recitation and oral presentations and to speak loudly, clearly and distinctly. In addition to the head and hands, the development of the heart is crucial as well. With the goal of developing the whole child, lessons are infused with differentiation, Kagan Cooperative Learning, RULER social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and The Four Pillars of Wellbeing curriculum. Kim has had the honor of serving as Spelling Bee Coordinator, Community School of the Arts Musical Theater Manager, and a teaching intern supervisor. Her recent awards include the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award, Allen Distinguished Educator Grantee, and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Prior to Corbett Prep, Kim began her career in Atlanta, Georgia at Morningside Elementary School, mentored by Beth Burney and Flavia Gordon-Gunter. It was there she earned Teacher of the Year and later National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Social Studies/History. Kim is truly honored to have won this award.

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I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, but have lived in Texas for over 30 years. I’ve been married for almost 35 years, we have two grown children and two grandchildren. After homeschooling my daughter, I started working at our neighborhood elementary school as a 4th Grade Aide, then a para-librarian. I’ve worked as a para-librarian at Sue Crouch Intermediate School in Crowley ISD, since 2012. It’s a two-year campus for 5th and 6th grade, so every other year I teach Our Nation’s Foundations to supplement Social Studies curriculum. I’m also known in local circles as the Tap-Dancing Librarian for hosting an after school Tap Club.

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I am from Monarch Beach, California and currently a world history teacher at Serrano Intermediate School in Lake Forest, California. The students in my classes are fascinating people and I am confident in their abilities to learn, grow, and make valuable contributions to our society. That is why I collaborate with other teachers to do cross-curricular activities, share stories about my travels, my entrepreneurship in the food business, and take interest in what students have to say about history and its lessons. Fundamentally, I promote student ownership for learning. Treasuring our Constitution, practicing what we preach, and knowing our place in history is our guiding light. Students in my classes do brilliant things, have excellent curiosities, and learn so much. We go on fun adventures, perform engaging puppet shows, do hard work, visit museums, and celebrate remarkable accomplishments throughout history at our World’s Faire. Certainly, my hope is students come away knowing life loves a student.

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