Meet Your STEMrichment Coaches!
Thank you so much for your interest in learning about me and what I am bringing to the Tonawanda City School District. I have been a teacher for the past 22 years. I started as a kindergarten teacher and then moved to a fourth grade class. Both of these opportunities were in the City of Lockport. After that, I was fortunate enough to come to the City of Tonawanda where I worked as a sixth grade teacher. For the next 14 years, I was a first grade teacher. In 2015, I was given the opportunity to share my passion in the technical areas of education as the elementary S.T.E.A.M. Coach.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked at the Lockport YMCA and at a children's residence camp called YMCA Camp Kenan. I believe that my unique approach to teaching and outlook on education were developed through these two experiences. I had the opportunity to work as a lifeguard, reception/front desk, youth tumbling instructor, youth swim instructor, preschool teacher, camp councelor, Day Camp Director, Assistant Program Director, Mess Sargent (in charge of kitchen staff and duties) and Assistant Athletic Director. Once I started teaching, I had to give up my formal positions at the YMCA. I continued to volunteer on their Board of Directors where I was responsible for helping to oversee all youth programs. During this time, I was honored to receive an Outstanding Leadership in Youth Award from the YMCA.
I have two children. My son is a college Freshman. My daughter is a high school sophomore and she is still sorting things out for her future. Most of the time, our home is filled with all kinds of creatures with fins, scales, quills and fur. But, right now, we only have our loyal dog Mavis. She is truly the baby of our family.
The last thing that I would like to share about myself is my love of the outdoors. As a family, we like to do pretty much anything that takes us outside. I also like to swim, bike and run. This past summer I participated in a 70.3 / half ironman in Deleware, OH. Following that, I participated in the full ironman in Wilmington, NC. I will be returning to NC next fall to participare in the full ironman once again. This is truly a passion that I have. Send me some luck!
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am Kim Honeck and I have been a teacher for the last 14 years in the City of Tonawanda. I first started at Highland Elementary as a 5th grade teacher and when Highland closed, I moved to Riverview to teach 3rd and from there moved to Enrichment teacher for 5 years before becoming a STEMrichement Coach this year.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I decided to put my Psychology degree from Daemen College to work as a Crisis Intervention Specialist for Gateway LongView Therapeutic Preschool. This experience caused me to fall in love with teaching children and thus, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in education from Niagara University. After graduation, I was hired immediately in the City of Tonawanda and have had many wonderful experiences.
Outside of school, I am a wife and mother. I have 2 beautiful children. My son is in 4th grade and my daughter is in preschool. My children love to tinker and create, so I get to “test” ideas out with them often. We are a family that has adopted a new healthy lifestyle and thrive on ways to make our habits better each and every day.
"Science is not a boy's game; it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going”… Nichelle Nichols NASA Ambassador, Actress
Quotes, like the one above, make me reflect on my own love of Science and the ever-changing technology. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to arrive at school each day eager to spark students’ curiosity. My entire perspective of teaching and education has been refreshed and energized. My partners in crime and I are so lucky to have the opportunity to be STEMrichment coaches. We create, design, collaborate and inspire students and teachers. We encourage students to explore and learn through play and hands-on activities. Our STEM team will influence the future and the world by exposing students to learn through a STEM lens.
I have been teaching for 16 years. I began my career in Buffalo Public Schools and then was selected to teach in our amazing Tonawanda City Schools. I have taught 6th grade, 5th grade, Universal Pre-K, 1st grade, and Kindergarten. My passion for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics began as a young girl. I am the oldest of six and my parents struggled financially to provide for our family. As a family we found many free activities, Griffis Sculpture Park, my grandparents 40 acres in Cattaraugus and road trips to the ocean in giant station wagons. My imagination and creativity were allowed to blossom. I also cherished those teachers who understood that young minds needed to be engaged and inspired. I now have the opportunity to do the same.
I have 3 daughters who have attended or attend Tonawanda City Schools and I have been so impressed with what our District has to offer. My husband and I are Tonawanda graduates. We are active in the community through Tonawanda Soccer Club and many committees. We love our small City.
TECHNOLOGY IS NOT AN EVENT IT’S JUST PART OF THE EVERYDAY LEARNING!
I am not teaching just chemistry this year! Last spring I was asked to share another interest…technology. I jumped at the opportunity to teach a STEM class to 6th grade students.
I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education Chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education Science from the University at Buffalo. After graduating, teaching positions were scarce so I did the next best thing by working at a company called Science Kit. I worked in the publishing department as a Curriculum Coordinator “geeking” out reading science textbooks and recommending materials for published science programs K through grade 12.
Three years later, I accepted a teaching position in 1996 at Tonawanda High School teaching both chemistry and seventh grade science. In addition, I am currently an adjunct professor of chemistry through ECC providing THS students the opportunity to take university level chemistry while still in high school.
In 2009, I began spending part of my summers in Albany, New York working in the State Education Department Office of Test Development as an educational specialist. Last summer I spent 2-1/2 weeks working on chemistry examination test items.
Two of my favorite aspects of teaching are planning fun and engaging experiences for my students, updating my webpage, dressing up our classroom Mole, and using all things Google.
I have two sons in middle school and my husband is a software engineer. I often seek his advice on matters of technology. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and running (but not at the same time).
Thank you for your interest about me.