Congratulations to Tami Kidman, the Teacher of the Year at Greenville Elementary!
Walking into Tami Kidman’s classroom at Greenville Elementary, students can instantly feel the kindness, respect, and love that their teacher has for them. Kidman has been selected as Greenville’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year.
Kidman’s love for her own children is what pushed her into teaching. After raising her family, she made the choice to go back to school and get her teaching degree, alongside her daughter, in Utah State University’s Elementary Education program. Kidman has been working at Greenville since her graduation from USU six years ago and said that it feels like home to her.
Principal Troy Pugmire thinks that Kidman is an amazing teacher and feels that Greenville is lucky to have her. “Tami inspires hope, ignites the imagination, and instills the love of learning in her students,” he said. “She is kind and genuinely loves her students. She has control over her classroom without ever having to raise her voice.”
Kidman’s main goal in her classroom is to empower her students to be and do their best every single day — not only in school but in everything they try. Because of this goal, she doesn’t have traditional classroom rules. Instead, her students each make a promise every day to have respect, integrity, service, and excellence guide their day.
“I just want them to come to school, to feel safe, to be happy, to know they're important, to know they have a purpose, and to know they are valued. When that happens, the academics naturally happen because they're so proud of themselves,” Kidman said.
Principal Troy Pugmire, Greenville Teacher of the Year Tami Kidman, board member Chris Corcoran