Monday, February 17, 2020

By Elianna Novitch


Headshot of alumna Theresa Kirkman


Happy “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday! This week meet alumna Theresa Kirkman (BA ’00 in Elementary Education and MA’ 03 in Educational Leadership).

Kirkman is in her fifth year as principal at West Burlington Elementary School in Burlington, Iowa and is in her 20th year of working in education.

Kirkman says her favorite part of her job is connecting with students in a way that changes lives.

“Being able to see and work with our future each and every day is my biggest joy,” Kirkman says. “The smiles, opportunities to guide and model, celebrate hard work and success, hugs, and high fives are just a few of the blessings I experience daily through my work at West Burlington Elementary.”

Kirkman is thankful for the dedicated professionals she works alongside.

“I am also surrounded by a talented, dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about and committed to our students,” Kirkman says. “Collaboratively, we are making a true difference in the lives of our kids.”

Kirkman is currently getting her Ed.S. degree in the Educational Leadership program in the University of Iowa College of Education program.

Kirkman says that the College of Education has pushed her to think in new ways as an educator.

“The College of Education has provided me with a variety of learning opportunities that challenge me to think in new ways, see things from multiple perspectives, and grow as an educational leader,” Kirkman says. “The University of Iowa has also inspired me to maintain and lead in a manner that ensures equity and justice for all learners, staff, and families.”

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