Who Am I?
Hello, my name is Kimmerli Herring-Isler and I am the new Social Studies teacher at The Middle College at GTCC-Highpoint. This year I will be teaching Civics and Economics, Personal Finance, and serving as one of the 11th grade advisors.
I was born in Eastern North Carolina about forty-some odd years ago. Since my dad was in the Army, I moved around a few times, so I spent most of my childhood living in Germany. I am the older sister of two very tall brothers who seem to think their height makes them my big brothers. 😊 I am an Army veteran and proud mother of two of the kindest, loving, and intelligent adult children. I have a lot of nieces and a nephew that I adore immensely. My hobbies include reading, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a cognate in History from thee illustrious North Carolina A & T University. I have a combination of twelve years of teaching experience that includes seven years in the classroom and four years as a training specialist while in the Army.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
It is my goal to help each student create a road map to their future and to encourage students to become civically engaged in their neighborhoods, their communities, and in society. The power of an education ensures future voters, future leaders, and future change-makers. I am often asked why we need to study history or the government? What does what happened back then relate to what is happening today? My response is, “Sankofa”, which is a West African phrase that encourages learning from the past to inform the future, reaching back to move forward, and lifting as we climb. Many of the issues we face today are because we did not learn from the mistakes of yesterday. When we do not understand the Constitution, we do not realize the power we have in a democratic nation. Knowledge is truly power.
I believe that every student has an intrinsic need to be valued, recognized, and treated equitably. The way that I foster this belief is by ensuring that I understand my students' background, learning styles, and that I respect their cultural origins. Each lesson will be culturally relevant, differentiated to accommodate various learning styles, intellectually stimulating, and applicable to the real world. I have high expectations for my students and require each student to work hard, hone their critical thinking skills, and to be goal-oriented.