Kim Sibley

PRIN­CI­PAL JU­NIOR SCHOOL

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Kim Sibley ini­tially went into teach­ing to share her love of learn­ing and science. “As I grew as an ed­u­ca­tor, I fo­cused more and more on the in­ter­ac­tions with stu­dents and teach­ing be­yond aca­demic cur­ricu­lum,” she says. She be­came more in­ter­ested in so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment, faith for­ma­tion and ways for stu­dents to de­velop com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship skills to as­sist in a stu­dent’s suc­cess. Now as the Prin­ci­pal of the Ju­nior School at De La Salle ‘Oak­lands’ Col­lege, Sibley has learned that ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent. She can be re­turn­ing par­ents’ phone calls, work­ing with teach­ers on up­com­ing projects, or drop­ping in to see a class – but ev­ery day there is an em­pha­sis on struc­ture, rou­tine, and dis­ci­pline. “My in­di­vid­ual phi­los­o­phy is about bal­ance and grow­ing in all as­pects in one’s life – aca­demic, faith, ser­vice, arts (mu­sic, vis­ual + per­form­ing arts) and ath­let­ics." One of her best mem­o­ries as an ed­u­ca­tor was when she took a group of stu­dents on a trip to Gu­atemala to work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to build the bas­ket­ball court for an ele­men­tary school. “The pro­ject re­quired work­ing to­gether de­spite cul­tural dif­fer­ences. It was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence and I learned as much or more than the stu­dents,” she says.

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