February Teacher Feature: Mrs. Kim LaBelle

Mrs. Kimberly LaBelle, Kindergarten, Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stanislaus

Name: Mrs. Kimberly LaBelle

Grade & School You Teach: Kindergarten at St. Stanislaus School

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

I grew up in Stevens Point, I went to SPASH. I went to UWSP for college.

Where was your first teaching job?

I taught for 4years for WRACS at Sacred Heart in Nekoosa. I taught all grades 2nd-6th.  

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 16 years.

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I have been teaching Kindergarten for 12 years at St. Stan’s.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

I enjoy being able to share my faith and knowledge of my religion with my students everyday through prayer, bible stories, and celebration of the liturgical seasons.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

I really enjoy the lower class sizes which allow me the opportunity to get know each child and family better.

Have you received any teaching-related awards?

2011-2012: Golden Apple-Teacher of Distinction Award & 2013: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Outstanding Teacher Award

What was your favorite class when you were a student?

I enjoyed history and art classes.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be a teacher.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I would have to say Helen Keller. She overcame many obstacles and struggles in her life to make a difference for others.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with my family. I also love to bake.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would love to be super fast.  

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

I was held back in first grade for speech difficulties.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

Always be yourself, don’t try to be someone you are not.  Be true to yourself.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself?

I love sharing my gift of teaching. I love to teach children’s liturgy at mass on Sunday mornings at Holy Spirit church throughout the year. I also enjoy baking and cooking. I like to share those talents by baking for parties and donating for church or school events.

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