Kimberly Floyd has been teaching kindergarten since she was 5 years old, if teaching teddy bears counts! Since she was a young girl, she dreamed of being a kindergarten teacher. That dream came true many years later when she started teaching in Yountville, at a small elementary school in the heart of wine country.
Her enrollment at Touro University for her Master's lead to an opportunity to pilot an iPad program at Calistoga Elementary School, and so the story begins.
Fortunately, her story had a happy ending, and influenced the implementation of iPads throughout Napa County Schools, particularly in the preschool, and kindergarten programs.
When she is not teaching, Kim enjoys going to the movies, walking her dog, baking cookies, making homemade candies, quilting, collecting children's books from around the world, and sipping a great cup of coffee at one of the local coffee houses.
Link to the Calistoga Elementary iPad Pilot Program
Anne Garner has been teaching for 14 years. Unlike Kim, she didn't always know that she wanted to teach. She started out in the legal field and moved in to teaching as her own children arrived. In fact, given that each of her kids was due to be born during her student teaching (it had to be rescheduled twice), it's a miracle she got her credential!
Anne started teaching full time at Carneros Elementary, a tiny school in the vineyards of Napa. She now teaches at Napa Junction Elementary in American Canyon. For the past 8 years, Anne has taught the First Step summer program, to help prepare students with no school experience for Kindergarten. And here is where her first iPads come in to the picture. Modeled after Kim's program in Calistoga, the First Step program introduced iPads in the July session classes 2 years ago.
When Anne is not teaching, she loves to read, watch Doctor Who, bake anything, and crochet scarves and beanies. She is currently working on becoming a Google Certified Trainer.