Kimberly Mares

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
University: University of North Texas at Dallas
Teaching Interest: English as a Second Language

Kimberly has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. In fact, she’s been teaching about that long too. As a kid, she used to teach her cousins and her friends their numbers and letters. While in sixth grade, she helped a pre-K teacher organize her classroom. Seeing the eager little learners and watching the teacher reinforced Kimberly’s desire to be an educator.

Because her parents did not speak English, Kimberly not only had to figure out a lot of things for herself, she also had to serve as a translator for her parents, and help her sisters and other family members with their homework. Being the oldest with all those responsibilities was hard, but she is grateful for how it gave her the gift of grit and resilience. Kimberly credits her AVID teacher of several years for motivating her to aspire to higher education. That teacher not only helped her during class but also stayed after school to support and encourage Kimberly, including introducing her to the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers opportunity.

"A good teacher teaches their kids, but a great teacher connects with their kids. Great teachers actually take the time to build a relationship with not only the kids, but also the parents so they can focus more on the individual needs of their students."
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