Two years ago, we spoke to Kimberly, an Educator and Speaker from the USA.
1. Introduce yourself, who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kimberly Lane Clark. I support teachers, staff, and students in a K-12 school district of 7500 students. I provide support in blended learning strategies, Google tools, oversee the district’s credit recovery online program, On Ramp Dual Credit 1:1 program, Early College STEM High school 1:1, and oversee the district’s Google Education Suite. I also oversee the district’s 1:1 initiative (Integrate 2 Inspire). Our school district is about 85% 1:1 with Chromebooks.
2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?
I always knew that I wanted to be an educator. I was always the techno girl in school. I majored in Computer Science and Educational Technology.
3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?
Being able to work with students, staff, and parents. I love when teachers get the light bulb moment when they have worked on a project that involves technology.
4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a story?
Believe it or not… I love working in my garden. I love planting flowers and watching them grow. This is definitely a stress reliever.
5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?
My role models are Michelle Obama and my mother. They both exemplify the definition of excellence.
6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?
This too shall pass. Everything will be okay. Live every day without worrying about the next.
7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?
If there is a no seat at the table create one.
Never allow to tell you that you can’t do anything. Where there is a will there is a way.
You have a talent and never let someone get in the way.
8. How do you measure your success?
By how successful others are. I strive in helping others and if they are not successful then I feel like I am not.
9. Where can we find out more about your work?
10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?
Yes, I am very social. I love networking.