It’s very important to learn from feedback and always keep iterating to get better. I love to get honest feedback that helps me to improve. It’s also really COOL to get feedback that shows you did something right…something that had value for someone else!
Nice things other people have said about me.
Kim has been critical to the development and implementation of creative and authentic learning in the district. Her knowledge of curriculum and technology help campus staff weave technology into lessons and projects that make them exciting and dynamic. She also serves as a fountain of knowledge for best practices and methods to use technology.
Kim’s patience with people and enthusiasm for technology of all kinds encourage teachers to embrace technology for which they were previously petrified. She willingly and energetically shares her passion for helping teachers create a tech savvy learning environment built on true use of technology, not mere substitution of paper/pen assignments.
Over the course of 11 years working with Kim in various projects to promote learning among a wide range of students, I have found her singularly focused upon the mantra of “the tool doesn’t matter if the learning doesn’t happen”. I hear teachers at every campus on which she serves speak, without exception of her patience, value, and determination to help them succeed in promoting student learning.
Despite her not being in a traditional classroom, Kim Estes is the best teacher I have had in recent memory. she has helped me shape a vision for what a 21st century curriculum, classroom, and campus ought to be. Kim has shown her willingness to “get the job done” no matter what it takes by helping train me and other teachers on her days off.
In 29 years of teaching, I have never known anyone with more knowledge of technology and curriculum, and who has a greater capacity to envision lessons that integrate the two. Regardless of the curriculum I bring to her, she is able to create a lesson that implements exactly what I or the teacher asked for. She is an engaging instructor, able to get work out of the proverbial turnip. This includes teachers and students.
As a result of Kim’s support and expertise I have gone from being a teacher that rarely uses technology to a teacher who is considered by my peers to be one of the campus experts on implementing technology into the learning process.
When you are trying to navigate the deep, dense jungle that is a Google Chromebook pilot, you are only going to make it out alive if you have the right people around. Kim Estes is the right people. “Why people,” you say, “Why not person?” Because Kim does the job of about 100 people, all day, everyday. If I had not witnessed and benefited from her amazing skills personally, I would have never believed that one single person could do so much, so well, so often. If the team needed her, she was never more than a phone call, text message, or email away. If she couldn’t immediately solve one of our many problems, she would find someone who could.
Every time you meet with Kim she brings her knowledge, skills, and new ideas to the table. From, “My Chromebook won’t let me watch this video,” to the implementation of augmented reality, Kim was with us every step of the way. My teaching is better because of Kim Estes. My students were all positively affected by Kim Estes. Kim Estes is an extremely valuable asset, whose leadership and support enhance the entire Burleson ISD. As for our team, we hold Kim in the highest regards and consider her to be one of us. Kim is our “Fifth Beatle.”
The leadership qualities that Kim displays through the implementation and development of technology is amazing. From using it herself, to teaching staff how to use it, to instructing students on proper techniques, Kim goes above and beyond to make sure that everyone is supported in the areas of technology that they need. On top of this, the creativity of his woman is amazing.
Kim designs training appropriate for the least technological to the most advanced. She is patient with the novices, but she challenges the experts and pushes them beyond their abilities. Our district is light years from where we were before Kim came to us. Her innovation has brought a massive amount of knowledge and tools into our hands, allowing us to provide our students with a truly excellent education. They leave us ready to conquer the world. For that matter, our teachers move onto other districts spoiled rotten and missing Kim’s support and expertise.
Yes, you can ask these people about me.
Chief Technology Officer – Burleson ID
ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Secondary – Burleson ID
Principal, Burleson Collegiate HS – Burleson ID
Dean, The REALM MS – Burleson ID
Asst. Principal, Kerr MS – Burleson ID
Lead Librarian – Burleson ID
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