Kimberly Rangel recognized as June 2014 Teacher of the Month
Jun 30, 2014
In eight years at PA Cyber, Kimberly Rangel has spent quite a bit of time with our elementary students, serving as fourth and fifth grade teachers, and currently a second grade Virtual Classroom instructor.
Kimberly graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in elementary education and has a Reading Specialist certification from Slippery Rock University.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
My dad is a retired teacher now, but I always admired him for being a caring teacher and coach. As I was growing up, I would always have people come up to me and tell me that they loved my dad as their teacher and learned so much from him. I knew that I wanted to be a positive influence on people's lives, too.
What's the best part of teaching elementary students?
I love their honesty and their sincerity. They tell you when they love something you're doing and show their excitement! They also admit when they forgot to do their homework or if they missed class because they spent the day at the zoo. Most of all, I love when I can truly sense that a light bulb has suddenly turned on in their brain!
What's one of your favorite teaching memories?
When a student of mine mimicked me by encouraging her classmates how to do a math problem. She recited a fun rhyme that I always said to the students to help them remember the steps in math. It was cute and touching to hear her use my words to assist another student ... apparently my emphasis on kindness had set in.
When you're not at school you can be found:
Surrounded by family, at Heinz Field cheering on the Steelers or at the track.
Favorite education quote:
"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
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About PA Cyber
Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.