Name is Mrs. (Kim) Anderson. I have taught Natural Science, Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry here at MHS since 1993. Next year, my 25th year, I will be teaching Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.
Before MHS, I student taught 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 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 also judged Homecoming floats and helped out with Authentic Voices, and I currently coach the JV Academic Team, am the K-12 Science Committee Chair, and am the MEA Public Relations Chair.
I received a Dispatch/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 and volunteer 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 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). I am looking forward to taking my daughter on the MHS trip to Japan in June of 2017!
I look forward to learning more about all of you!