Union School District's very own Kimberly Dinsdale, Fourth/Fifth Combination Teacher at Guadalupe Elementary, has been announced as one of three State Teacher of the Year candidates from Santa Clara County. Potential candidates go through a rigorous application and adjudication process during their summer break, during which a five-person panel of judges representing education professionals in varying areas of expertise review and rank the applications and are then certified by County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
Congratulations to Kimberly on this well-deserved recognition. Her dedication to each and every student and hard work are obvious and an inspiration to everyone who steps into her classroom.
“My hope for my students is that my classroom is a place of warmth, acceptance, respect and high expectations. The most important part of teaching to me is that my students want to come to school each day and look forward to coming back. I work hard to plan engaging lessons and create an environment of risk taking and a love of learning. During my credential program, I remember a professor speaking about the profound impact that teachers can have on a student each day. How we have the power to lift up a student and model compassion and patience or the complete opposite. This message truly guides my instruction and practice on a daily basis. I feel that teaching is a calling to serve and I am so proud to be part of this profession.” – Kimberly Dinsdale
With a background in sales and marketing, Dinsdale came to teaching as a second career. Her two children compelled her to go into teaching. Modeling best practices and serving as a professional role model have been the hallmarks of her teaching career.
According to her colleague Theresa Hull, a first-grade teacher at Guadalupe Elementary, “Her passion for the career never ends when the children walk out the door, and this is evident to all parents, teachers, and students who engage with her. Children are very lucky to be part of her classroom environment!”
From SCCOE News Release dated July 26, 2018