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LaKimberly Gallager-Hobson

Position: Curriculum Coordinator
School: Benton County School District
School District: Benton County School District
City, State: Ashland, MS

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LaKimberly Gallager-Hobson was nominated by a colleague and former LifeChanger nominee, Candace Sanders.

Curriculum Coordinator. Former Principal. Educator. Wife. Mother. Friend. Amazing. All of these words do not begin to describe Dr. Hobson.

Former students still seek her out for recommendations, advice, and encouragement, or just to say hello and share a hug.  They value her opinions, trust her judgment, and rely on her strength and determination.  Colleagues are no different.

"We know that Kim will assist and guide us whenever called upon with practical knowledge, an unwavering commitment to truthfulness and fairness, and her unique capacity to separate personality from ability.  She always sees us differently than we see ourselves," Sanders said.

As the principal of Ashland High School, Dr. Hobson created and personally funded a group of young ladies known as the Ashland Angels.  The group exposed girls to by-gone traditions such as afternoon tea, valuing modesty and self-respect, and caring through service. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Dr. Hobson believes that every person can be successful in their own way, if they have someone who cares enough to point them in the right direction.  She knows when to lead you, when to walk beside you, and when to get behind you and push.

"Kim's dedication to all children and their possibilities is unparalleled.  Whether she is collaborating with other educational agencies to provide more opportunities, creating enrichment activities for pre-school children, creatively teaching English to a little girl from Africa, or dressing up in zebra stripes and polka dots and reading Dr. Seuss to elementary school students, she never stops dreaming for others.  Her spirit is wonderously life-changing," Sanders said.