Mrs. Kim Dickhut named Schrager award winner
Kim Dickhut, a veteran teacher who has dedicated her career to elementary education, is a lifelong learner who has gained the admiration and respect of staff members and students alike. Kim has been a Westside Elementary Schools educator for 11 years, currently a 6th grade teacher at Swanson Elementary. She is an award-winning member of the Nebraska Association for the Gifted, using her background in gifted education to personalize learning for each student. Kim uses modeling, personal responses to writing, and visual cues to assist in the understanding of her students’ learning, stretching the minds of her students to think beyond an assignment and critically analyze each task. Through flexible grouping, readers and writers notebooks, and provoked, personal reflection within her students, Kim challenges learners to be better critical thinkers on all subjects from algebra to literature. You will often see a smile or hear a small gasp when a student makes a comparison or analysis that many say is unreasonable or unexpected for such young students; in Kim Dickhut’s class, it is a daily occurence. Due to Kim’s high level of expectations for her students in all content areas, she is assisting in preparing our learners to have and to understand the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
Throughout her 20 years in public education, she has embraced and evolved with each changing trend and practice through the completion of three Masters degrees and hands-on professional development at Westside and beyond. She is known to take active notes of her students’ thoughts, contributions and reflections to assist not only their learning, but her own to better enhance her instruction. She inspires a passion for learning in all of her colleagues, sometimes by simply placing a book in a mailbox with an orange Post-It saying ‘enjoy!’ Never complacent, Kim is quick to explain she always has more to learn and more growing to do, continuously improving in every aspect of the profession for the best interest of all students. Kim Dickhut has always broken through the glass ceiling to provide the best education possible for all learners, and we are proud to call her a Schrager Distinguished Teacher for 2018.