Kim Glace was nominated by her friend, Melissa Northway.
Ms. Glace has worked at four different schools over the course of her career. This is her fifth year at Wicklund Elementary School. She's a selfless educator who never complains, even during long work days.
Ms. Glace always wanted to be an educator, and teaching is her passion. As a young child, she would play "school" in her neighborhood. She couldn't have been happier making up assignments and correcting papers. She has had a myriad of jobs since she was 14, ranging from mortgage loan officer, to office manager, to lifeguard, but she has always been the happiest working with children.
For Ms. Glace, the most rewarding thing about teaching is having the ability to make a positive impact in a child's life. For her, teaching is more than academics. She has helped students gain confidence in themselves. Her goal is to inspire students and encourage them to have a growth (not a fixed) mindset. She has regular conversations with students about the importance of grit, perseverance, and most importantly, kindness. In our world today, we need that most of all.
"This past year, Kim invited me to read one of my children's books to her third grade glass through Zoom," said Northway. "The amount of attention to detail that she showed for this fun activity showed me how much she loves her job and the kids. She made sure each child had a chance to ask me questions about the story, the writing process, and ideas they had for my next children's book storyline. The students were so engaged, and Kim went above and beyond to provide this unique experience for her students. We spoke about the possibility that this experience might inspire one or more of the students to write their own story and publish a book in the near future. This has been a tough year for so many students, so to see Kim go out of her way to provide an enriching experience lends to the fact that she is one amazing teacher."