CHS selects Teacher of the Year

November 19, 2015 | Amberlyn Melvin

Every year, CHS nominates and votes on a teacher who has done an outstanding job throughout the year. This accomplishment is called the Teacher of the Year award.

Teachers nominate one another. The nominees are then voted on by other teachers based on their biography.  The teacher who is selected gets a day off from school along with a plaque and flowers. Once selected for this award at CHS, the teacher qualifies for the Teacher of the Year award for all of Okaloosa County.

This year’s recipient of the CHS Teacher of the Year award is Lisa Kimbrough. Congratulations! Her biography is below.

When I graduated from Crestview High School in 1989, I didn’t realize what an important place it would become in my life.  In fact, because I knew everything at eighteen years old, I was certain I would not even live in Crestview, much less teach at my Alma Mater.  After I graduated from the University of West Florida with my Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Education, CHS was the last place that I wanted to work.  It was now for a very different reason than years earlier; it was intimidating to think of being a part of a faculty that included the same educators who inspired me to become a teacher. What if I fell short of their expectations?  What if I wasn’t a good teacher at all? Luckily, great mentors like Kaye Mikell and Ella Shaw molded me into the teacher that I am today.  Actually, I still learn from my collogues, and I appreciate teachers like Dubbie,  Kim Hughson, Porter, Stephanie Sanders, and so many others who selflessly stop what they are doing to answer a question, resolve a problem, or find a resource for me.  As a teacher, I never want to stop learning or growing in my profession, and my family at CHS helps to ensure that.

Teaching at Crestview High School has affected more than my professional life.  It is here that I met my best friend. Over the last 14 years,  Cari and I have planned lessons and proms together, laughed and cried  over dance team and cheerleading together, jammed the copiers together (should I have admitted that?), and developed a relationship that will last forever.  Then there is Ben.  I still do not know why a cute, young English teacher would be interested in a recently-divorced mother of two, but I am so glad that he was blind to all the crazy that was my life then. The rest is history. Ten years later, we are the parents to our own four children – working on adopting number five- and foster parents to any little ones who need us.  He is such a wonderful husband and father, and I thank God for sending him to CHS and to me!

Just as many of you have done with your children, I have watched my own kids run the halls of this school.  It started with catching the bus to Bob Sikes, then it was walking over from Davidson, and now I have one CHS graduate and a current junior.  Not only did I get to make memories in these halls as a student, but I have been blessed to watch my children make similar memories here too.  Not many parents get the privilege to experience this, and it has been special to me.

I absolutely love teaching English, and I love my students. I feel like I fail them more than I should, but somehow they forgive and forget and return day after day to endure me, my song lyrics, and all of my quirkiness.  Nothing is more gratifying than to see the light bulb turn on when they finally get it.  I don’t feel like I have missed some other calling, I don’t ever think about the what if’s in my professional life because I know I am exactly where God intended for me to be.  I am a very proud CHS graduate, parent, and teacher, and oh yes, It is great to be a Crestview Bulldog!

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