Name: Kim Rowe.
What do you teach? Seventh-grade science at Papillion Middle School.
Experience: This is my 24th year of teaching. I started at Rumsey Station Elementary teaching sixth grade and then moved to PMS 12 or 13 years ago.
Hobbies: Reading, bargain shopping, going to my children’s activities. I have two children that are very involved in school and sports.
Who or what influenced you to become an educator? First, it was all my elementary teachers. They showed me how to care about every kid no matter who they are or what they look like. When I was in high school I started working with special needs students and fell in love with their enthusiasm for life and their willingness to try hard.
How do you spend your summer vacation? My kids are older now and don’t need me as much, so I stop up to school and get things in order for the next school year. I read a lot. I try and recharge my batteries for the next school year and the kids I will get to work with.
What’s the most rewarding part of being an educator? I love seeing my students grow. I love when I get notes from current or former students or run into former students in our community and they remember me. It means a lot when they remember who I am.
If I weren’t a teacher, I’d be ... I was just asked this question by my daughter this year and I had to think a lot since I’ve been a teacher for so long. I think I’d like to be in the medical field. Probably involved in nursing, maybe a hospice nurse.