October 24, 2012
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Kimberly Detore
Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local educator, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick.

QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher?
ANSWER: I first knew I wanted to become a teacher in high school. As captain of my high school dance team, I loved helping the younger members of the squad. Now, being a first grade teacher, I find working with children incredibly rewarding. Watching a child’s face light up the first time they learn a new concept gives me such joy. I am excited to come to school each day.
QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching?
ANSWER: I believe the key to teaching is ensuring you are teaching the whole child; this includes not only their academic needs but also meeting their physical, social and emotional needs.
QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what?
ANSWER: When I am not working with the students I can usually be found playing with my puppy, Jack. I also love curling up under a blanket and reading a good book!
QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students?
ANSWER: In 2005, I went paragliding off the Alps and more recently went skydiving.

SCHOOL: Mars Primary Center
GRADE: First Grade Inclusion
EXPERIENCE: Seven years
HOMETOWN: Allison Park
FAMILY: Husband, Vince; adorable puppy, Jack