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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 7 months ago

Meet Mainland High School's Teacher of the Year

Kimberly Dodd graduated from the same school she now teaches at.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Kimberly Dodd has taught almost all of her entire teaching career at her alma mater: Mainland High School.

Teaching, and returning to Mainland, was never on the radar after she graduated. Dodd became a business major at Stetson University. However, after a couple of years, Dodd said she realized that the only classes she enjoyed were those involving math. So she switched majors — and schools. 

"While I never imagined myself as a teacher, now I can hardly imagine doing anything else," Dodd said in a statement.

She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in math education two and a half years later. She began her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Daytona State College. One year later, landed her first high school position at Mainland, and Dodd has been there ever since.

Currently, Dodd teaches precalculus and AP calculus, a teaching schedule she has kept for the last 14 years. And when she's not busy making sure her own students learn their coursework, Dodd is helping other kids do the same. She tutors everything from Geometry to Calculus 2 in her spare time.

"I am fortunate to be teaching the most promising students who will be the leaders of our next generation," Dodd said. 

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