Yearbook Dedication: Mrs. Kathi King

May 19, 2017

For Messalonskee junior Hannah Hargrove, taking calculus proved to be a good experience, and she points to her math teacher as one reason. Mrs. Kathi King, she made clear, is an educator who is tuned into her students and how they best learn, a teacher happy to adapt her instructional method for her students’ benefit.

“She will explain something in way you can understand instead of just repeating what she said,” Hargrove explained.

Mrs. King’s student-centered approach to teaching certainly caused more than a few students to give her high marks as a teacher. That became abundantly clear during a video tribute to King presented Friday in the Performing Arts Center as part the annual Messalonskee yearbook dedication ceremony, a ceremony that this year honored Mrs. King as its recipient.

Mrs. King, after 39 years of teaching, the last 22 at Messalonskee, is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Hargrove was one of several students and teachers to voice their appreciation for Mrs. King during the video, which Messalonskee senior Ali Pearl produced.

Fellow math teacher Jennifer Mayo said she could not think of a more deserving candidate for the yearbook dedication than Mrs. King. “She is really going to be missed next year,” Mrs. Mayo said, “and for the next many years.”

Messalonskee Principal, Paula Callan, praised Mrs. King dedication to students both in and outside the classroom. She added that Mrs. King provided the same level of effort “for struggling students and for AP students, all of whom have been successful to some level in math.”

“It will be very difficult to fill your shoes,” she said of Mrs. King.