Twenty years of third-graders hasn't worn on Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary's Kimberlee Malmberg one bit. Or, at least you'd never know it.
This week's Teacher of the Week has a humble way about her. After growing up dreaming of being a teacher from the tender age of four, Malmberg is now living the dream every day. But after receiving the Teacher of the Week award, she's giving up the honor and handing it back to her school.
"I'm accepting this award on behalf of my whole staff and for my whole staff because I wouldn't be the teacher that I am without all of their support," she said.
Her entire school wanted to nominate her, which was evident just by stepping into the front office. However, in her classroom, it was easily understood the award was well-deserved.
"There's a lot more to teaching than just reading and writing, although I try to make that exciting for the students, but there's a lot more involved in taking care of the whole child and taking care of needs in school as well as out of school," Malmberg explained.
Mrs. Sally Susan works with Malmberg in her classroom and says her generosity and kindness helps the students learn and feel accepted.
"Many of them come with much baggage and hard home lives, and she kind of tries to reach out to them and mother them and gain their trust," Susan said.
That trust translates to success.
"When the kids have those 'ah ha' moments and figure out something new or learn something new, or when they catch onto reading, and they just get excited about learning," Susan went on.
Malmberg hopes to see that continue until she retires from the classroom.
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