About Kim Dougherty...
Position: Fourth Grade
Welcome! My name is Mrs. Dougherty and I will be your child's teacher. It is a privilege for me to help your child achieve all of their dreams. It is my promise to provide your child with a safe and engaging learning environment everyday. I promise to meet any and all of their academic, behavioral, social-emotional and physical needs by assessing them individually with formative and timely feedback and then delivering a high quality curriculum that is differentiated to their specific needs.
My Education and Professional Background
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Monmouth College and a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. I was an elementary classroom teacher for 16 years before working as an educational consultant and coordinator for curriculum and instruction at the district, regional, and state levels for the past 11 years.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that ALL students can learn. As an educator, my primary job is to provide a need for learning for students by creating engaging and relevant lessons. I believe students learn best by doing. Students should all be active participants in the learning process and active teaching encourages active learning. I believe students need structure, well-planned lessons, targets for learning, and differentiated instruction and assessment opportunities that are relevant and rigorous. I believe students need timely feedback to improve and should be provided the tools and resources to become 21st Century Learners. My professional responsibility is to align my standards-based learning targets with activities that provide my students the opportunities to fill their own toolboxes with skills and strategies to be able to work effectively in the different depths of knowledge levels of the cognitive domain.