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Getting to Know Mrs. Kinggard

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. First of all, thank you for trusting me with your children. I am blessed to be teaching such an amazing group of students. They make my job wonderful, and I am inspired by their special gifts and qualities every single day.

Education: I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and a master's degree in education from Ole Miss. I also have specialty certifications in gifted education, journalism, secondary English, and library media specialist.

Experience: This is my 18th year of teaching! This is my seventh year to teach Spotlight at Overpark Elementary, and I have the best job in the world! Before I came to OES, I taught at Olive Branch Middle School for 13 years, and during that time I taught English, journalism, and Spotlight. 

Personal: I have been married for 22 years, and my wonderful husband and I have two beautiful daughters, 17-year-old Zoe and 11-year-old Mia. Family is very important to me.  My faith is also an important part of who I am. I am a christian and a member of First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.  As for hobbies, I absolutely love books, and I love to read. I also enjoy running and I run half marathons and marathons. I have also completed several ultramarathons, including a 40 mile ultra.  I think it's extremely important to set goals and strive to achieve them, and I hope to instill this in my students.