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SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A fourth generation teacher, it was in Kim Mather’s blood to teach. After teaching 23 years in South Kingstown, five of which as the district’s math coach, Mather is taking on a new challenge and becoming the new West Kingston Elementary Principal after current Principal Nancy Nettick retires this year. It was no surprise that Mather became a teacher in the first place.
“I’m a fourth generation teacher. It was in my blood,” Mather said. “I absolutely love teaching. The “Oh..I get it” is the best.”
Growing up with a mother who taught in New York for 30 years, a grandmother who taught kindergarten and a great grandmother who taught in a one-room school house, Mather said teaching was a part of her upbringing. Having her mother as a teacher, Mather said her mother guided her as she started her own career.
“She was very important to me as I grew as a teacher. I used her as a sounding board quite a lot,” Mather said.
After obtaining her degree in special education and elementary education at Hope College in Michigan, Mather and her husband at the time moved to South Kingstown.
However, since Mather had a Michigan teaching certificate, she had to wait for the state department of education to approve her Michigan certification. In the meantime, Mather owned Baskin and Robbins for five to six years, where she got to know a lot of kids and families in the community. In 1988, after a year of working in Chariho and East Greenwich as a teacher, Mather began teaching in South Kingstown, teaching grades three to six.
However, Mather was soon ready for another challenge.
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