Phone: 256-773-1931 Ext. 12013
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education University of North Alabama Master of Arts, Elementary Education University of Alabama at Birmingham Certified Academic Language Therapist ALTA Certified Shelton School, Dallas, TX
Mrs. Kim Hargett
I am the oldest of 3 girls and grew up in Florence, AL. I graduated from Wilson High School and the University of North Alabama in my hometown of Florence. I was a flight attendant for Delta for 3 years before accepting my first job as a 1st grade teacher in Decatur, AL. A year after moving to Decatur, I met my husband Kel. We live in Hartselle and have four children, Jake, Kelly-Grace, Haley, and Madison, who range in age from 16-27. My oldest child, Jake is an electrician and now has a son of his own, named Jax. Jax turned 3 in November 2018. His favorite pastimes are reading and playing with his horses and cows! (That makes his Mallie very happy!!) Jax has been such a wonderful addition to our family! My son Jake is engaged to Kelsey Pruitt and has a wedding date set for March 28, 2020. Kelsey is a high school English teacher. We are so excited to welcome her to our family! My oldest daughter, Kelly-Grace, graduated from the University of North Alabama like her mother. She teaches 7th & 8th grade Family & Consumer Science classes at Florence Middle School. Haley, 22, graduated from HHS in 2016 and is attending UNA and is following in her sister's footsteps and majoring in Family & Consumer Science Education. So many teachers in our family, right? Madison, our youngest, is 16 and a junior at HHS. She loves riding horses and plans to be a nurse. We also have a Parti poodle named Ruby, an Aussiedoodle named Maggie, and 3 horses named Cheyenne, Cougar, & Darling.
I am the Instructional Partner/Reading Coach at Barkley Bridge. I'm very excited to be in this role because I love to share what I learn with other teachers and, by the same token, I continue to learn from them as well. I became a teacher because I love to learn and I wanted to go to school for the rest of my life! When you love your job, you never work a day in your life. A highlight of my career came a couple of years ago at our annual Hartselle City Schools end of the year awards ceremony where I received the John Frank Parker "Making a Difference" award. Even though teachers don't do this job for the money or the awards, it does feel good to know that we are "making a difference". I don't know that there is another award out there that can top this one for me. For the 2016-17 school year, I received the honor of being chosen Barkley Bridge Teacher of the Year and Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame Nominee. I went on to receive the Hartselle City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year and Hartselle City Schools JSU Teacher Hall of Fame Nominee. What makes this one of the greatest honors is the fact that I work with so many wonderful teachers and administrators. It is very exciting and humbling to be recognized by the wonderful group of teachers and administrators we have in Hartselle City Schools.
I taught first grade for 15 years before becoming the Instructional Partner. I am also a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist). Teaching children to read is a passion of mine, so I applied to be a part of the ALSDE/Shelton School MSLE program so I could learn more about teaching students with dyslexia. Completing this 2 year Therapy Level program was the best decision I have ever made. Next on my list... National Board Certification! Wish me luck!
In the summer, I enjoy spending more time with my family and friends. We also LOVE riding horses! During the school year, we are usually very busy. When we aren't on the go, I enjoy reading a good book or favorite magazine and dreaming up new home improvement projects. By the way...I'm also a remodel-a-holic and we usually do most of the work ourselves. In fact, my daughter Haley says our family motto should be the same as Lowe's "Never Stop Improving". I told her I think I like it! She said it wasn't meant to be a compliment; she's tired of it. LOL