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My name is Kimberly Nelson. I have been involved in education since 1994. At first, it was as a parent volunteer in my eldest son's classroom. Over the years, I became involved with the PTA and planning student events. In 2005, I made the move to working inside the classroom with the Regional Occupation Program. Being in the classroom caused me to fall in love with working with students and helping them to learn what they needed for life after graduation. This led me back to school to become a bonafide teacher.
Fifteen years later, and lots of time in the classroom, I am teaching eighth grade English here at CMI. In my tenure at CMI, I have taught grades 5/6 Drama Exploratory, Introduction to Drama and 8 - 12 grade English. I have been the Drama director for the last 7 years and the GEMS/STEM advisor for the last 6 years. Four years ago, I was given the opportunity to add Classroom to Career, CyberPatriots and SeaPerch into the mix. I have served as a class advisor, as well as a member of the School Site Council and the CMITA Unit Secretary. This is the start of my 8th year teaching at California Military Institute. I am looking forward to this upcoming school year, educating and getting to know all of my students!
I worked in journalism, and the production/merchandising industry, before I started in education. I earned my Associates degree from Long Beach City College/Riverside City College; with a concentration in Journalism, my BA of Social Science and MA of Teaching with Technology from Ashford University, and a MA in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix.
My interests include traveling, restoring old cars, music, computers, reading, writing, genealogy, my grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends. I am a blessed mother of 3; Blake is a computer IT specialist and Ethical Hacker, Zachery is a Physics/Engineering student attending UCR for his MS, and Melissa is the mom of a rambunctious 3 year old and earning her BA in English. My grandchildren (Amy, Xander, and Caroline) are the lights of my life. Amy is a cancer survivor and has dancing eye syndrome. She has been my inspiration for volunteering with children dealing with cancer.
Believing my students are amazing and can accomplish anything their hearts are set on, I am a firm believer that if my students do not succeed, I have not succeeded. I try to teach them that hard work pays off in success! I am always available to help my students and have an open door policy with my parents. The school and district require a 24 hour notice for parents to shadow their student, and I encourage all of my parents to explore their student's classes.
Cadets if you or your parents/guardians have any questions do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fall 2020 Class Schedule: (Period 2 is my prep)
All information about my classes (weekly /daily lessons, PowerPoint slides, announcements, assignments, quizzes, tests, and video links) are posted in Canvas. Students, please get into the routine of checking your Canvas class on Monday mornings to see what will be required of you during that week. If absent Canvas is where students should look to see what they missed.
My office hours are the following and if you need to meet with me via Google Meet/Hangout please email me to set up a date and time.
- 7:30 - 7:55 am by appointment (Monday - Friday)
- 3:15 - 4:00 pm by appointment (any day with appointment)
- If these times are not workable please communicate with me and let me know so we can work out a time to meet.
Remember we are all in this together and if there is anything I can do to help please ask, I want to see all of you succeed and I know you can!
Remember...your limitation is only the scope of your imagination, so DREAM BIG!!
Thank you for bestowing your trust in me to teach and encourage your student.