Kimberly Folkening is a second grade teacher. Her diverse experience in 25 years of education reflects her love of teaching students of diverse backgrounds. She taught in Mexico, Indiana, Chicago, and currently in Countryside, Illinois. She served as a literacy consultant for City Year for four years and the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute for 10 years before realizing the classroom was calling her to return. In 2014, Kimberly began her current position teaching second grade in the school district where she lives. She loves gardening and finds joy in digging in the soil with her second graders. In July 2021, after attending class throughout the pandemic, she completed her course work for her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois.