My name is Mrs. (Kim) Anderson. I have taught Natural Science, Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry here at MHS since 1993. This year, my 25th year of teaching at MHS, I am teaching Regular Chemistry and Honors Chemistry (This is the first time we have ever had more than level of Chemistry, or freshmen in Chemistry, so it will be a new challenge!).
Before MHS, I student taught Regular Biology and Honors Biology at Dubuque Senior High School in the fall of 1992, and I was a long term substitute teacher for Chemistry at Bettendorf High School in the spring of 1993.
I graduated from Hempstead Senior High School with highest honors in 1987, and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Dubuque in 1991 (BS: Major: Biology / Minors: Chemistry and English – I completed all of the requirements for both Secondary Education AND Pre-Med.), and the University of Iowa in 2000 (MS: Master of Science in Science Education with an Emphasis in Earth and Space Science). I am currently 39 graduate credits in education, science education, and science beyond my Master’s degree as of May 2013.
In the Summer of 2014 and the Spring of 2015 respectively, I took Intro to Physical and Intro to Cultural Anthropology classes at Blackhawk Community College and loved them both! In June of 2015, I was accepted at Oregon State University as an anthropology major through their eCampus program (For the third year in a row, they have been ranked in the top ten for online universities in the US!), and I have begun a new learning journey (It’s something I’ve wanted to study since I was a little girl.); taking just 3-4 courses a year, my goal is to complete my 60 credit post-baccalaureate BS in General Anthropology no later than June of 2021 (possibly sooner)! As part of my degree, in the summer of 2016, I was awarded a partial Women in Anthropology Scholarship to attend a week of Adult Field School at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, Illinois (They have High School Field Schools too!).
When I retire from MHS, I am considering going to graduate school to teach college, joining a research team, or working as a scientist and/or educator for the National Park Service.
In addition to teaching science for Moline District #40, I have been a class sponsor, judge, and head judge for Homecoming class floats and a founder and co-leader for Authentic Voices, and I currently am in my fourth year of coaching the JV Academic Team. I served as the K-12 Science Committee Chair for six years, and I am in my tenth year as the MEA Public Relations Chair.
I received a Moline Dispatch / Rock Island Argus Master Teacher Award in 2014, and I received a PTSA Distinguished Service Scroll and a John Deere Harvester Special Recognition Award in 2005.
Outside of school, I am an active Girl Scout Volunteer in my 10th year. I have also volunteered for the Living Lands and Waters Xstream Cleanup.
I received Girl Scout Volunteer of Excellence Awards in 2014 and again in 2016.
I am married and have one high school age daughter.
In my free time, I like to read; listen to music; watch TV and movies; play games; do photography, scrapbooking, and coloring; walk/hike; do yoga; swim/do aqua fitness; go sailing/canoeing/kayaking/whitewater rafting; do archery; ride horses; and travel – I have visited 49 US States, 7 Canadian provinces, and countries on four continents. Someday, I would some day like to visit the three continents I have NOT yet been to (i.e. Africa, Australia, and Antarctica). Last summer, my daughter and I went on the MHS trip to Japan and had an amazing time (Look into MHS trips – fundraising opportunities are available and travel is an unparalleled learning experience!)!
I look forward to learning more about all of you!