Teacher Profile: Kimberly Rushton

Kimberly Rushton

“Do what you love and love what you do.”

Courses Taught at NCVPS

Honors English 4

Additional Jobs

Red Fox Farm Wedding and Events – owner of a barn wedding venue.

Teaching Experience

I have taught for 20 years, 7 years of that online.

Experience as an Online Student

I did take a couple of online masters in education classes at UNCW.

Advice to Online Students

Treat an online class like a face to face class. Set aside time each day to work on it. Have a study place that works for your style of learning. Keep up to date with your syllabus and finally be sure to communicate with your teacher.

The Internet

I love TED Talks and enjoy spending time on NPR’s site. I like both of these because I always learn something new and often times that I can plug into announcements or feedback for real- world connections to the course material. I do love Facebook and Instagram because of the pictures and staying connected to family and friends who are far away.

Gadgets and Things

I love my HP touch screen laptop and my Samsung phone!

Goals this Year

My main goal last semester combines school and my personal life. It was and still is to have balance in life. It is so important to work hard and play hard!

Favorite Books

I spend so much time online that when I read for pleasure I like printed books. My favorite book of all time is Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.

Favorite Music

Well, I have two and they are vastly different because I like a variety of music- anything by Bruce Springsteen or Imagine Dragons.

Favorite Shows

True Detective.

Interesting Note

I have been married to my college sweetheart for over 25 years. My daughter is a linguist in the Marines, and my son is teaching English in South Korea. We are HUGE animal lovers and live on a small farm with 3 dogs, 4 horses, 2 mini donkeys and a pot-belly pig.

The Future of Learning

I envision online courses with students from around the world participating in the same class. MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) will become more accessible and better each year.

Advice to Online Teachers

“Do what you love and love what you do.” This is a mantra that I have tried to live by since my late twenties. Each day find the joy in helping students, building relationships with stakeholders, and working with your colleagues.