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.
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.
Jeanie Gilbert French
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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