Kim Warman on connecting the dots of learning & encouraging students to grow
Mrs. Warman serves as the third grade teacher at Coram Deo Academy, having previously taught third-sixth graders in Hillsdale and Las Vegas. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Kim expresses a deep love for working with third grade. As she puts it, “They are old enough to express them- selves well in writing, still color pictures for their teacher, and learn all my favorite subjects – including Greek Mythology!”
What’s the most important thing you do in a day?
I make sure I connect with every one of my students. Whether it is a handshake, hug, or high-five, I want them to know that I see them, care about them, and encourage their growth.
How has your educational background shaped your teaching?
I am blessed to not only have been educated classically, but I also have a degree in English and Classical Education. Growing up, my teachers taught me to love learning. They inspired me to approach the world with a sense of wonder and instilled in me a desire to join a community where a love of learning flourished. I have definitely found that at Coram Deo.
What brought you to Coram Deo?
You mean who: God! My husband and I were moving cross-country from Las Vegas, and I wanted to continue teaching. When I looked for a classical teaching job, I stumbled upon the Coram Deo website. I was not excited about the idea of teaching at a school with so few people and a name I couldn’t pronounce, but I applied anyway.
Upon speaking with the Head of School, I immediately fell in love with the curriculum, the integration of faith and learning, and the small class sizes. I came from teaching in a classroom with thirty kids, so when I was told I would have thirteen, I laughed in disbelief! God knew what I needed.
What encourages you to stay?
I stay because I love my job. I get up every single day excited to go to work, excited to see my students, and excited to share the joy of His truth in my classroom. I am blessed by Mr. David Seibel’s supportive leadership, fellow teachers who cheer me and lift my spirit, and families who pour into their child’s education. I am grateful that God brought me to Coram Deo.
How would you describe your personal philosophy and approach to education?
My mission is to reveal Goodness, Truth, & Beauty to my students by modeling Christ-like compassion through the Holy Spirit, by separating the light from the darkness through Wisdom, and by diffusing joy into the community through engaging activities.
What’s an activity or experience you share with your students that’s unique to your classroom?
Twice a year, I create a fun dance routine for a fun Christian song. We spend a month practicing for our performance. The students are always enthusiastic, and it teaches them to work together as a team.
Is there a concept or theme across the courses you teach that you want students to remember?
“Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What advice do you have for families who have just learned about CCE?
Classical Christian education is a process that happens over many years. It takes time to form habits and loves in a child. It is hard work, but it pays off.
I remember when I first started attending a CCE school in seventh grade. I was so frustrated by all the work I had to do and didn’t understand why I had to do it. But two years later, I sat in a ninth-grade Bible class thinking, “Oh! That’s what I learned in seventh grade!” Not long after, I was able to interconnect many of my classes, and a love for learning grew deep within me.
It really changed my life to see how my history lesson could connect with other subjects. So I try to make connections in my classroom regularly to help my third graders understand how God purposefully planned an ordered universe that is unified and connected. It is a joy to see their faces light up in these moments.