Feedback 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! Testimonials Nice things other people have said about me. Lisa Townzen - Asst. Principal, Kerr MS On paper, Kim is an educator’s dream. It is however, her strength of character and natural charisma that, when combined with her innate intelligence and work ethic, make her a complete candidate. As most in the profession know, there is an intrinsic quality in all good educators that involves the coalescence of a broad knowledge base, genuine passion for subject, and a strong sense of self. I believe Kim has all these traits. Lisa Pilgrim - Lead Librarian, Instructional Coach (retired) 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. Dan Betsill - Teacher, Kerr MS 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. Jeanie Gilbert French - Principal, Hajek ES Her innovative use of technology inspires and brings joy to hundreds of district employees, which, in turn, inspires and brings joy to thousands of students. From the tech savvy teacher who is yearning for more, to the 30 year veteran who is nervous using email, Kim brings about a confidence to fulfill all needs. Her passion goes so much beyond her job description. She will go above and beyond to assist me, as a campus instructional leader. If I didn’t have a campus to run, I could write about her for hours. Amy Lanier - Librarian, Centennial HS 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. Kate Howell - Assistant Principal, STEAM MS Kim’s passion is being in classrooms to share new technology with students in ways that will change their perception of school, the classroom, and technology itself. She goes to great lengths to put new technology right into our students’ hands. Her vision for where we can take our students and school district is incomparable. It is such an honor to have been able to work with Kim and see how her brain works…the flow of ideas is nonstop and produces some amazing stuff for our kids and district! Katrina Rhodes - Teacher, Hughes MS 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. Charles Osborne - Director, Assessment & Accountability 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. Ryan Churchward - Teacher, Trinity Valley 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. Dan Betsill - Teacher, Kerr MS 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.” Yvonne Hensley - Curriculum Coordinator, Secondary ELA Kim has taken me from basic applications to being able to imagine that I can create a unit that incorporates technology to connect with other campuses all over the country. Kim’s leadership in creating classrooms that not only use technology but deepen the learning because of the technology is undeniable. Suzanne Robinson - Lead Librarian, Burleson HS 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. Stephen Blan - Teacher, Kerr MS (former) 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. Jana Hoover - Teachers, Burleson HS 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. Lucretia Gartrell - Executive Director, Special Services I cannot say enough about how wonderful Kim is. She is always willing to offer help and additional training for our staff. Regardless of how many times she may have offered help before, she always has a wonderful attitude and desire to see people “get it”. Kim is always prompt, patient and professional. She always makes the learning experience fun when it could easily be stressful. She has shown our department how to make our work lives easier through utilizing the available technologies, and for that we are incredibly grateful! References Yes, you can ask these people about me. Stephen Logan Chief Technology Officer – Burleson IDstevelogan@bisdmail.net817-245-1091 Yvonne Hensley ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Secondary – Burleson IDyhensley@bisdmail.net817-245-1000 Rexanne Higgins Principal, Burleson Collegiate HS – Burleson IDahiggins@bisdmail.net817-245-1600 Cheryl Essex Dean, The REALM MS – Burleson IDcessex@bisdmail.net817-245-0750 Lisa Townzen Asst. Principal, Kerr MS – Burleson IDltownzen@bisdmail.net817-245-0750 Suzanne Robinson Lead Librarian – Burleson IDsuzanner@bisdmail.net817-245-0000 Tweets Just some recent Twitter love.