Kimberly Leslie was nominated by Shona DeVolld, the parent of a student.
"There are not enough words to express our gratitude and appreciation for Ms. Leslie," said DeVolld. "She entered our lives three years ago, when my daughter was encouraged to take her distance education science course...Even though she was an online educator, we decided to take a leap of faith because she came so highly recommended by her peers and her administrator for her positivity, professionalism, and enthusiasm. At first I was a little skeptical. Honestly, how life-changing could an online teacher be? I could not have been more wrong."
"Ms. Leslie burst into our lives over Facetime and has been an essential part of our family ever since," said DeVolld. "I could write about her amazing curriculum, her challenging (yet engaging) instruction, and her prompt, effective assessments and evaluations. I could discuss her constant striving for excellence through professional development, trainings, and connections to other educators world-wide. I could even comment on her excellent reputation among her students and peers for being fair-minded, flexible, and highly ethical in all areas of her life. However, the traits I want to extol are far more important than those listed prior."
"Ms. Leslie has changed my daughter's life forever through her nurturing nature, her willingness to go above and beyond expectations, and her love of students," said DeVolld. "My daughter said it best when she was recently highlighted on our district's website."
"My KPBSD Distance Education science teacher, Ms. Leslie, inspires me to set high goals and work diligently to reach them," said DeVolld's daughter. "She always encourages me to be a 'citizen scientist' and to make a difference in our community by following my dreams. She has an amazingly kind and funny personality, and as my role model, she has shown me that curiosity and resiliency are important! Not only does she support my academic life, but she also cares about who I am and what I’m interested in. Because of the way she touches my life - even though we’ve only met in person a few times - I’m planning to go into the same profession: online education. I want to change students’ lives the way she has changed mine."
"Isn't that what we long for in our teachers? That they not only teach their content, but that they inspire diligence, resiliency, and dreaming big? Without a doubt, Ms. Leslie is a LifeChanger," said DeVolld.