TUCSON, Ariz. - At Amphitheater High School you will find Kim Dickinson leading her physical education classes with enthusiasm and passion.
"The most gratifying part of my job is actually working with the students and seeing them reach their goals,” said Dickinson. "Reach their fitness goals or their academic goals that they set in my class or their skills goals.”
She is a finalist for the University of Arizona Online Outstanding High School Faculty Award.
Dickinson pushes her students with individual attention.
"Everyone's different and everyone has different levels,” explained Dickinson. “Just trying to find those certain levels, those certain passions of the students and really trying to bring that out."
Dickinson is proud of her program which allows her education students to teach the special needs students.
"I really have bridged the gap here with our special needs students and our general ed students in coming together. We participate in unified sports."
"I think that's probably my expertise, that I really enjoy. I find students that have higher goals and higher skills, and I really put them through where they actually become student teachers and they teach the class."
Kim Dickinson is one of nine finalists for the Outstanding Faculty Award. The winner will be announced in early March.