It is such an honor to receive the Presidential Award. I have been blessed to be able to go to work each day to a job I love, finding ways to connect with students. This award recognizes all those who have influenced me along my journey as an educator: family, teachers, mentors, and colleagues. Most of all, I would like to thank my students, both past and present, who have taught me so much about what being a teacher, a learner, and a human being are all about.

Kimberly Webber Black Hawk, SD | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Kimberly Webber has been an educator for 36 years and has spent the last 24 in the Rapid City Area Schools, most recently teaching kindergarten through fifth grades at Black Hawk Elementary School. In 2018, she became the kindergarten through fifth grade instructional coach for Black Hawk and Valley View Elementary Schools. Previously, she taught kindergarten and first grade in Alberta, Canada, and served as an assessment specialist for the Alberta Department of Education. As an instructional coach, Kimberly models effective teaching strategies, observes teachers, and provides feedback on their instruction. She has delivered numerous professional development sessions at the school, district, and state levels on mathematics instruction and assessment. Kimberly is an adjunct instructor at Black Hills State University. She is a member of the South Dakota mathematics leadership team and is involved in planning and presenting at a mentoring workshop for preservice teachers. Kimberly is extensively involved with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium where she develops and reviews assessments to be used nationwide. Kimberly earned a B.Ed. from the University of Lethbridge and a M.Ed. from the University of Alberta. She is certified in early childhood and elementary education and holds a K-12 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement and Montessori teaching certification.