I remember when I first started teaching. Freshly out of college in 1996 with a double major in English and history under my belt and a minor in German, I walked into my very first classroom at Graves County High School bright-eyed and innocent. I really believed those seniors LOVED The Canterbury Tales and Macbeth as much as I did. I really believed those seniors WANTED to diagram sentences. Sadly, I really believed all of my students LOVED school as much as me. Hmmm . . .
My battle-worn, world-weary colleagues snickered as I recounted the many "hands-on" activities I had planned for my genius group of juniors and seniors. I wish I could tell you each of the approximately 1,500 students I've been blessed to work with learned to love language arts; however, I can proudly say I will walk into room 215 this year (big gulp - the 2013-14 school year!) much like I did back in 1996: fresh from a wonderful summer with my beautiful family; energized from outstanding work during the summer with exceptional colleagues around the purchase area; and excited because I get to work with 90 young men and women and watch them grow.
I'm still that naive young girl at heart. I really believe students want to learn. I really believe students want to be challenged.
I really plan to make that happen!
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.