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Top Teacher: Kimberly DeHart - Albany High School

Sam Hesler
Updated: February 09, 2022 05:34 PM
Created: February 06, 2022 11:40 AM

ALBANY - When you walk into Kimberly DeHart's classroom, it's a symphony of chopping, slicing, and blending. 

Ms. DeHart teaches several food and nutrition courses at Albany High School, and has been a family and consumer science teacher with the district for 31 years. 

"I love what I do. I can't imagine myself being anything else but a family and consumer science teacher," she explained. 

While students are back in-person learning now, Ms.DeHart had the challenge of making a hands-on learning experience virtual during the pandemic. 

"A lot of demonstrations, a lot of videotapes," she said. "I might do something wrong in the kitchen, and they have to find it."

Challenges have never scared her, though. DeHart was at the forefront of changing the state's family and consumer science curriculum at the start of the 21st Century, and she's continued to adapt her teaching to an ever-changing world. 

"The parents have so many demands. Things are not getting passed down generation to generation like they used to. Students need skills that they can use throughout their adult life," she explained. 

Whether they are creating a vitamin packed smoothie or learning about unsaturated fats, students say Ms. DeHart has made a difference in their lives. 

"She just really wants to please everyone and cater to their needs," said Abigail Fowler, a student at Albany High School. "She is really nice and patient." 

"I think I will be able to know what I need. What I need for my body, like what kind of vitamins I need, and what would help me be healthier," added Kadeisha Findley, a freshman at Albany High School. 

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