Holmes Highlights is a regular feature where we get to know members of our Holmes Community a little better. This week we are highlighting Kimberly Jones, K-5 Visual Art Teacher at Holmes Elementary. Where did you grow up? Des Moines, Iowa
Where did you live before you came to Holmes? I began my career teaching K-8 Art in Iowa for one year. Next, I moved to Chicago and taught in Chicago Public Schools for three years. Seeking a little adventure, I then moved to Athens, Greece to teach Elementary Art at an international school. After two years in Greece my passion for exploration took me to Bangkok, Thailand. There, I taught PK-4th grade Art and High School Yearbook. After four years away, I decided to move back to Chicago to be closer to family. Last school year, I had the pleasure of joining District 97 where I taught Art at Lincoln, Longfellow and Hatch. I am now thrilled and honored to call Holmes my home this school year!
If you hadn't gone into education, what's another career you might have considered? An auto mechanic who refurbishes classic cars--I love to figure out how things work, or a wood worker who designs unique artful furniture. I love building and working with my hands.
What is the trait you most frown upon in others? I find selfishness very unattractive.
What is your greatest extravagance? High quality, high comfort, but still cute shoes. I have angry feet and am recovering from a broken foot!
What is something that you treasure? I treasure time with my family. It's been amazing living just a ten minute walk from my three year old nephew, Lincoln, and my one year old nephew, Truman.
Do you have any pet peeves? A major pet peeve of mine is when people drive with their turn signal on!
What was your favorite subject in high school? Math and Art
What was one extra-curricular activity you did that might (or might not) surprise people? While I was living in Thailand, I joined the national Gaelic football team. It's Irish football and I had never heard of it before moving to Thailand. I traveled all over Asia representing Thailand on the pitch, won championships and was named an All Star two years in a row. I was hoping to make my debut here in Chicago this past summer, but I broke my foot while training early in the season.
If you won a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go? I would travel to Bolivia to check out the salt flats. If you haven't seen or heard of them, please Google it! They seem surreal; I think it would feel as if you were trapped inside a Salvador Dali painting. Wild!