February 1, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
Kim Zeydel, a high school math teacher, was voted Idaho's 2015 Teacher of the Year, after teaching for 27 years, 10 of which have been in Meridian, Idaho.
We spoke with Zeydel about what makes her stand out from the other teachers.
"I work with at-risk students, so it requires a lot more understanding the strengths of the students- their weaknesses - a lot more one-on-one," Zeydel said. "A lot of times you have to first figure out the kids' approach to math and how they understand it and then teach them from that angle."
Zeydel said it's not acceptable anymore that children don't know how to do math.
She said she hopes people across the country will start to realize that math is an important aspect in children's lives and they need to be able to understand it.
"Our students need to know how to do math, and parents need to support that concept," Zeydel said. "If they don't understand something, Google it."