My name is Mrs. (Kim) Anderson. I have taught Natural Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Regular Chemistry, and Honors Chemistry here at MHS between 1993 and 2018. The 2017-2018 school year was my 25th year of teaching at MHS! I plan to be back for the 2018-2019 school year, and I will again be teaching Regular Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.
Before MHS, I student taught Regular and Honors Biology at Dubuque Senior High School in the Fall of 1992, and I was a long term substitute teacher for Regular and Honors 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 a general anthropology major through their eCampus program (For the fourth year in a row, they have been ranked in the top ten for online universities in the US!) and began a new learning journey (something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl). Taking 3-4 courses a year, my goal is to complete my 60+ credit post-baccalaureate BS no later than June of 2021. 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 teaching college, joining a research team, becoming a museum educator, or working for the National Park Service.
In addition to teaching science for Moline District #40, I have been a Friend of Link Crew, a Class Sponsor, Judge, and Head Judge for Homecoming class floats, and a founder and co-leader for Authentic Voices. Next year will be my fifth year of coaching the JV Academic Team (after being a moderator for seventeen years). I served as the K-12 Science Committee Chairperson for six years (after serving on the Committee for seven years). Next year will be my eleventh year as the MEA Public Relations Chair (after being an AR for ten years).
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 11th 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). In the summer of 2017, 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!