Mrs.Kidwell wanted to become a teacher ever since she could remember. Her mom was a teacher and she loved going to her classroom and playing school at home. She attended college at Oakland City University for her Bachelor’s Degree and Arkansas State for her Master’s Degree.
Her favorite part of teaching is when she teaches kindergarten because it is the first experience with school and you get to see all of the “little” ways they grow throughout the year. The excitement they have when they learn something new and make a connection to it! She loves the innocence they have and how they want to learn and do good. She became a teacher at Loogootee because she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. She wanted to guide those students into responsible adults who will continue to be curious about learning. She started to teach at Loogootee in the fall of 2007. She started out teaching at Loogootee Elementary East in 5th grade and 6th grade. When it shut down she saw an opening for elementary, took it, and she has LOVED IT ever since!
If she could teach anywhere she would stay at Loogootee Community Schools, because she loves her community and the staff she works with. They are one big family that always comes together to help each other when needed.
She has had so many memorable moments of teaching elementary. However, recently she received a letter from a former student thanking her for making their kindergarten year fun with all of the different activities they did.
The people who influenced her the most in her life were her mom and her sister Jamee. She has witnessed first hand the greatness they both give to their students and classrooms. They have both won The Golden Apple Award, plus many other awards and grants.
For leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has a five-year-old daughter and a seven month-year-old little boy.