Farmer Elementary School teacher wins the Excel Award

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by Gary Roedemeier

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gina Kimery, a kindergarten teacher at Farmer Elementary School in Jefferson County, is the newest winner of the WHAS-TV Excel Award.

Kimery is a teacher, whose classroom glows with new technology. She embraces the Smart Board computer system in teaching her students math and other subjects.

Farmer principal Shannon Conlon says the 5-year-old students are digital natives, who quickly accept technology as part of their daily classroom lives. Conlon says Kimery appreciates the importance of new technology and is not afraid to use it.  She says, Kimery integrates technology into her classroom and the children respond.

After receiving the Excel Award, Kimery said she would use the $1,000 teacher grant from LG&E KU to enhance the technology in her classroom.

Kimery has been teaching in the Jefferson County School system for 16 years and says she is teaching content in kindergarten today that she taught in first grade when she began teaching in the mid 1990's.

She says kindergarten is a great opportunity to teach kids because their minds are like a sponge at that age. They simply soak up knowledge.

When students leave Kimery's classroom and move to first grade, they leave as readers, writers and mathematicians.

The new Excel Award winner says she hopes the students leave her classroom as question marks, always looking for the next answer
 

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