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Kristin J. Lester

Kristin J. Lester, Harlan County

Where do you teach? Black Mountain Elementary

What subject(s)/grade(s) do you teach? Library Media Specialist K-8

How many years have you taught? 22

Why did you become a teacher? I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I would line my dolls up and “teach” as I had seen my mom do in her classroom. I knew I wanted to be a teacher that would inspire children to dream and give them the tools to reach those dreams. I want my students to know they are loved and that someone is always in their corner. Being a teacher was my dream and I am grateful for the teachers in my life that helped me to achieve it.

What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? The best and most unexpected part of teaching for me is the relationships. Teaching is more than content and grades, it is getting to know your students. Students learn when they know they are in a safe and loving environment where they can take risks. Really getting to know my students and investing in their lives is the best part of teaching.

What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? I wish non-teachers knew how rewarding it is when a child who has worked so hard finally gets a concept. It’s a reward far beyond any financial reward you could receive.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment as a teacher has been becoming National Board Certified.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? My favorite thing to do when I am not teaching is going to Disney World. When I am not traveling to Disney, I am reading about Disney. I love the most magical place on Earth.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? If I could have a superpower, it would be teleportation. I have so many places I would love to visit and teleportation would give me that opportunity.