October Kitchen - March 2020


How Kim Heimer Balances Fun and Responsibilities

“I’m a full-time teacher and when I started grad school back in May 2018, my plate was pretty full. I get home after 7 p.m. on

most days. To help out, my parents gave me a gift certificate to October Kitchen. I’d heard of October Kitchen before, but I didn’t know much about it or what they were about. I went into the shop to check it out and I haven’t stopped going since. It’s so convenient. The food is great and the service is awesome. I love talking to Stephanie when I go in. Plus, thanks to October Kitchen,

T here are only 24 hours in a day, but when you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate, it can feel like you have a lot less time. Just ask third-grade teacher Kim Heimer. In addition to teaching full time, Kim has been attending grad school for the last several years, working toward her sixth- year certificate, which is an advanced degree in education leadership.

“My goal is to take what I’ve been able

to do in my classroom and elevate it to help more students, families and other teachers. I’m big on family engagement and classroom management. I love it when former students come back to visit me. It lets me know I’ve made a difference in their lives. I want to keep

I’m able to make better, healthy choices instead of going to other restaurants.” –Kim Heimer

“I’ve been teaching for 10 years and my favorite part about being a teacher is the connections I’m able to make with my students,” Kim says. “Kids can grow so much in just one year. When my students get ready to start fourth grade, I want to see that they’re more confident in themselves and excited for their future. That’s what lets me know I’ve done my job as a teacher.

making this difference by working on social and emotional curriculum that will empower kids to be kinder, better citizens in their communities.” For the last several years, Kim’s life has been mainly work and school, but she still aims to find a good balance. She enjoys hiking, taking painting or pottery classes, trying new fitness adventures (have you heard of goat yoga?) and traveling on weekends. In the past year, she was able to visit Nashville, Toronto, New York City, Portland and Vermont. “When you have big goals, it’s important to work hard toward them,” Kim says. “But it’s also important to balance your responsibilities with fun; otherwise, you’ll get burned out. That’s why I’m so glad I found October Kitchen. They give me that little extra free time. Instead of turning on the stove at 7 p.m., I can come home with a healthy meal. I have time to relax a little and eating healthy gives me the energy to keep up with all my responsibilities.” It’s easy to feel like we have too much to do and never enough time to do it. We’re glad we can help people like Kim Heimer make extra time in their day to meet their responsibilities while still having a little fun once in a while.

2 OctoberKitchen.com


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