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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yes, you can ask these people about me.
Principal, Cleburne HS – Cleburne ISD
Learning Technologies Coach – Burleson ID
Chief Technology Officer – Burleson ID
Director of Assessment & Accountability – Burleson ID
Technology Operations Manager – Burleson ID
Principal, Burleson Collegiate HS – Burleson ID
Assistant. Principal, Kerr MS – Burleson ID
Assistant Principal, Burleson High School – Burleson ID
Assistant Principal, Kerr MS – Burleson ID
Lead Librarian – Burleson ID
English Teacher & Gaming Club Sponsor, Cleburne HS – Cleburne ISD