My name is Kim Canfield and this is my 17th year working at Wood River Elementary. I grew up and graduated from high school in Ord, Nebraska. I loved all of my teachers growing up and they are the ones who inspired me to pursue education. I attended college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where I became a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, an organization I am still active in today. In 2002, I married my husband, Nathan and shortly after that we moved to Wood River where we would start our family. Our son Johnny is an 8th grader at WRRHS, Anna is a 5th grader at WRES and Emme is in 2nd grade at WRES.
I started my career at WRES as a 4th-grade teacher, but after 6 years I was ready for a change. This change took me to 2nd grade where I stayed until 2106 when a new opportunity to focus on Mathematics presented itself. I am currently a Math Interventionist working with grades K-5. This year, I am going into a few classrooms to team teach alongside the classroom teachers, and I absolutely love it.
I am also one of the Student Council sponsors at Wood River Elementary School. I love this role because it allows us to plan fun activities for our school and community while making our school a better place to be. This year we are excited to sponsor a new activity called The Wood River Express while still keeping traditional activities, like SKATE NIGHT going.
In the summer of 2017, I joined the Nebraska Teams program to promote STEM education in Nebraska schools. This program led me to apply for a Robert Noyce Scholarship in STEM education through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Fourteen rural Nebraska teachers throughout the state were selected for this program. I was able to complete coursework during the school year and was on campus during the summers of 2018 and 2019. What an adventure! I am currently in my 2nd year of this five-year fellowship. Through this amazing program, I was able to earn my master’s degree and have it paid for by the Robert Noyce Foundation. I have currently presented my thesis research to one local (state) conference and hope to present several more times, possibly nationally or internationally before my fellowship is over. My research was based on Family STEM Nights/Family STEM Events. I was the director of Wood River Elementary’s first Family STEM Night in the Spring of 2019. This coming summer I will have the opportunity to do a comparative study of STEM education in the countries of Finland and Estonia.