Kim earned her degree in Education with the specialization of Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts in 1992. Kim currently maintains certifications in PreK- Grade 3, ESE K-12 and Pre-K Disabilities endorsement.
She began her teaching career as a co-teacher for an integrated preschool program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing students ages 3-5 in the public school system. She worked with staff to support students with autism when they graduated from the program to enter kindergarten. During that time, she also bridged the gap of home/school connection and provided home visits to support the concerns and issues families were having at home with their child in order to help them be successful in school.
Kim moved to Florida in 2004 where she was a teacher of students with varying exceptionalities in grades K-5. Her teaching experience includes working with students with significant cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities, developmentally delayed, orthopedically impaired, autism and other health impaired in both structured classroom and inclusive environment settings. While school based Kim became the ESE team lead providing professional development to school staff in support of inclusionary practices and mentor to new teachers. In expanding her support for teachers and students Kim joined the OCPS District ESE department as an Instructional Coach supporting teachers across the district K-12. Her role in this position included working with teachers, school staff, parents and administrators in creating effective learning environments for students with a significant cognitive disability instructed in Access Points. Kim's passion for providing access to, participation in and progress within standards based instruction and what that looks like for a student with a significant cognitive disability has lead her to providing professional development at the district and state levels. She has collaborated with the FLDOE and team of writers from across the state in developing the access points for content areas. She has trained teachers on the instruction of access points and assessment through the FSAA (Florida Standards Alternate Assessment). For several years she has lead a team of curriculum writers in creating resources for the teaching and learning of access points that directly correlate to the general education standards to help facilitate inclusionary opportunities for students with a significant cognitive disability.
As a FIN facilitator Kim's area of focus will be: the facilitation of District and School BPIE Assessments, Planning and Problem Solving, Growth Mindset, Building Inclusive Schools (including Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability), Inclusive Scheduling, Collaborative Teaching, Peer Supports (Peers As Partners in Learning), and Data Chats.