Keep Ms. Kimmel

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Nine short months ago a class of fourth graders met their new teacher, Ms. Kimmel. They were no longer simply students but a "Pirate Crew." Ms. Kimmel created an environment that was safe and expressive. She taught them to "let their moral compass be their guide;" she taught them not only how to be successful students but how to be respectful individuals.  She has created a single unit in a classroom of students who were strangers.  Bullying doesn't happen amongst the class because they are family and constantly support and care for one another. She taught outside the given "norm" and challenged her students continuously.  These students have been thriving and growing by leaps and bounds as a result of her teaching methods. She also tutors students on her own time without pay because the students succeeding are more important to her than charging for tutoring as other teachers do. So many times we read or hear about exceptional teachers, Ms. Kimmel is one of them. Sadly, the school administration and school board don't agree with the parents on this matter. Ms Kimmel was put on administrative leave as of yesterday. She wasn't allowed to tell the students anything, simply removed from the classroom. Even worse, the class now will be divided into the remaining fourth grade classes, causing emotional stress to the kids. Parents want answers. Students want their teacher. We all want the year to end the way it started-One Captain, one Crew. Keep Ms. Kimmel!



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