My most fulfilling times at university were in helping calculus students. I was thrilled every time I watched the light bulb go on for a student or helped them understand a difficult concept.
Kimberly Conner Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow Brookstone School Columbus, Georgia
Kimberly Conner credits her seventh grade math teacher with setting an example for how math can be taught. “By having a teacher whose love for math overflows into their teaching, students can understand that math is not impossible and can even be fun.”
Kimberly was home-schooled from 9th to 11th grade which gave her the individual attention she needed to further develop her math skills. She volunteered in a first grade classroom during that time. “While I enjoyed my time with the children, I realized that the challenge of teaching high school math was ultimately what I preferred.”
Kimberly graduated with a major in math and a minor in photography from Mercer University, where she was involved in the honors program, the Baptist Student Union, and a traveling drama ministry. Most of all, she loved her job teaching calculus to other students. “When my time at Mercer came to a close, it was an easy decision to continue my education to get my teaching credentials, so that I would be fully prepared to teach.” Kimberly earned her master’s degree in secondary education and certification to teach secondary mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2009.