Arleigh Doehring

English teacher Kimberly Villegas answers a student’s question during a work day in her class in May.

Kimberly Villegas, English

Kimberly Villegas has mainly taught juniors and seniors for the majority of her years at Kingwood Park. This year she taught Pre-AP English II, and it has been such a pleasure to be in her class sophomore year.

Although sophomore year is definitely not the hardest year, she has helped many students deal with the sophomore slump with compassion and understanding. Not so many teachers will run to go get coffee for sleep-deprived students who can’t tell if it’s Tuesday or Thursday. Her understanding of students  can catch many students off guard. Yet it’s so relaxing to know that there’s a teacher out there who doesn’t need to know everything to understand.

Some students will remember her funny stories about how she used commas in atrocious ways, her rants about her passion for poetry, or even the origami animals on her shelves from a student who couldn’t make an origami heart so instead submitted tons of origami animals.

Everyone has had their fair share of teachers, or overall authority figures, who remind you constantly that they are above you. Villegas is nothing of the sort. There are people who simply do not understand English class, and she gets that. She is the teacher who would give you an honest answer about an assignment that has been two months late.

Although she has a more relaxed and understanding way of teaching, she has plenty of witty remarks for students when needed. Too many debates have gone on in her classroom for her not to put her two cents in.

Whether it’s sophomore slump or senioritis that the students are going through, Villegas is the perfect teacher for the times when you want an easy conversation. Many students wouldn’t want to go to English class at 7:25 in the morning, but Mrs. Villegas makes the school day a little bit more bearable.

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