Teacher of the Year!

Teacher of the Year!
Posted on 06/01/2022
Picture of our Teacher of the Year


Hi everyone, I’m Kimberly Brown and I’m honored to be chosen to represent Holly Springs Elementary as the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year. I’ll share a little bit about how I was blessed to become a part of the Holly Springs family. My husband and I moved to Douglas County in October of 2019 when we purchased our first home. At that time I was teaching fourth grade Math and Science in Gwinnett County. The pandemic took us all by surprise in March of 2020 and the Job Fair that was scheduled was canceled. So, I took the initiative and sent my resume to four schools in Douglas County and Holly Springs was one of them. In April of 2020, I received a phone call from Assistant Principal Davis to set up an interview with me via Google Meet. Interviewing via Google Meet was a first and I was so nervous, but needless to say, it all worked out. I was hired to teach first grade, which I had previously taught for three years. For the upcoming school year, I was asked how I felt about looping to second grade with my first graders and I quickly responded, “Yes!” 

Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a paraprofessional for 14 years. During this time I decided to go to college to become a teacher. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Shorter University. I earned my teaching credentials from Teach Gwinnett. The passion and calling I have on my life for teaching sometimes wakes me up at night because I want to be fully present for my students. I want to provide them with the best possible learning experience, so I am always seeking ways to teach and engage them and in the process grow as an educator. This desire led me to work towards my Gifted Endorsement, which I completed in April 2022.  

In order for my students to be successful, I believe that relationships have to be built with each one of them and their parents. We are a team that should work together for the success of the child. My goal is to teach my students how to become independent learners who believe in themselves.

I have high expectations for my students, so it is only right that I give what I expect from them. Years ago, I was told that I can’t save them all. Maybe that’s true, but I will try. When students know you care, respect them as individuals, and you are excited about teaching, they will respect you and be excited about learning.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me and I will do my best to represent Holly Springs Elementary and Douglas County as your 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year. Blessings to you. 

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