Kimberly Folkening

Guest Blogger


Chicago, Illinois

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.


Posted Aug. 6, 2021

I Almost Left Teaching But Then I Remembered Why I Started

This past year, I came the closest I ever have to ending my teaching career — midyear. Between August and…

By Kimberly Folkening

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

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Posted Sep. 16, 2021

It’s Time to Dump Deficit-Based Data

As the school year begins, we hear lots of deficit-laden words like “Title I,” “tough,” “low-income,” and “low-achieving” to describe primarily Black and brown students…

By Doron Zinger

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