My love for learning and pleasing my teachers began in Kindergarten for me and the picture is a photograph from that year. I loved my teachers, I loved making friends, I loved reading, singing, dancing, but most of all I loved playing. I loved playing school with my friends and being the teacher was always my favorite.
Kindergarten was a great year for me as I learned to read and got to share my favorite book, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, with all my friends. The best part of the day was 11:00 when I got to go home since my mommy didn’t work and could pick me up. I also began to understand that I loved working with children through caring for children in my church and babysitting. My mother had been a teacher before I was born and my maternal grandfather had been a long-time chairman of the county school board. These two people had the strongest influence on my choice of professions and supported me in that choice. In high school, I concluded that a major in early childhood education was the direction that I wanted to take my career in and made my plans to continue my education at Memphis State University, now known as the University of Memphis. My decision was soon tested as I began dating the wonderful man who would later become my husband and I ended up at the University of Tennessee at Martin with him. I finished my bachelor’s degree in 1990 and immediately working on my master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. While working on my master’s degree, I worked in the Education department as a Graduate Assistant and an adviser for freshman and sophomore Education majors. Thel and I married in October of 1991. After completing my degree in 1993, I was employed as Kindergarten teacher in Dyer County and continued in that position until the birth of my daughter in 1995. My husband and I ran a children’s and maternity clothing store in Union City and my daughter was my constant companion in day to day operations of the business. After the birth of my much more reserved son in 1999 and a down-turn in the economy in 2000, I decided to give up my store and go back into the classroom. My sweet girl and I began Kindergarten together in the fall of 2001 and I continued in that position for 4 years until we began a Pre-K program at UCES. This is my eighth year to be in a Pre-K classroom and I love it more now than I did when we began. I enjoy working on community projects that benefit our children in Obion County and I have been an active member of the Union City J’Cettes and Junior Auxiliary of Obion County. I also served on the Obion County Reading Railroad committee of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I love working with children and their families and I try to work hard outside of school to provide support for my kids of all ages and their families. My students will tell you, “Once you have been one of Mrs. Kim or Mrs. Taylor’s kids, you are always one of her kids”.
Kindergarten was my favorite year of school. I had the best teachers and learning was gained through play, imagination, singing, dancing, reading, getting dirty and love.