Kim Allen is the lead Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Oakland Presbyterian Preschool. She has been in charge of teaching and shaping the lives of the preschool’s youngest students for about 17 years.
“No matter the circumstance, she is always the first one at the preschool and sets not only her classroom up but the others as well,” said director Yohan Murillo. “Ms. Kim is a beacon of fun and kindness that radiates to not only her students in her classroom but her fellow teachers at the preschool, which helps create an environment where her students look forward to each school day with enthusiasm and anticipation.”
What brought you to your school?
I was introduced to Oakland Presbyterian Preschool by a friend who worked there at that time.
What do you love most about your school?
The thing I love most is being able to work at a place that feels like home — with coworkers who feel like family and amazing children.
What is your motivation?
My students are my motivation, and, most importantly, being able to see them thrive each day is what makes me come back each year.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to see my students grow throughout the years as far as into college is the most rewarding feeling.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with family, go to the beach and on cruises, and deliver groceries to those in need.
Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?
Coach Carlson, my drivers ed teacher, who never gave up on awful driving abilities.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
I wanted to be a veterinarian because I absolutely love animals.
What is your favorite children’s book and why?
My favorite children’s book is “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” because my students always are so excited and involved when we read it. I even have a puppet of the old lady with all the animals she swallowed that the kids love.
What are your hobbies?
My favorite hobby is cruising and traveling to new places.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation, so I can be anywhere at any time. Weekend in Italy? I’ll be there!
If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
ABBA, Queen and Bee Gees, because they were all my favorite bands way back in the day.
What was your go-to lunch as an elementary student? Any favorite snacks or special treats you remember?
My go-to lunch was homemade pizza on an English muffin, homemade in the cafeteria every week. A special treat was having anchovies on pizza; don’t knock it till you try it.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?
My best friends in school were Patty and Amy; we clicked immediately. I talk to Amy every morning on my way to work and talk to Patty often as well.
What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Did you win any accolades or honors?
In elementary school I was a Girl Scout. In high school I was on the Student Council and worked full time at Chick-fil-A.
How long have you been at your school and with OCPS?
I have now been working at Oakland Presbyterian Preschool for about 17 years.
Please provide your title, describe your job duties and share any job-related accolades.
I am a lead VPK teacher, that plans and makes learning fun for my 15 students.