All About Me!
Hello! My name is Kimberly Taylor and I am delighted to be the speech-language pathologist for Bourbon Central Elementary! I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters of Science Degree in the Spring of 2003. Upon graduating I had the privilege of managing the Rehab Department in a long term care facility. There my emphasis was on the management of dysphagia (swalllowing disorders) in adults. I began working for Bourbon County in the Fall of 2004. During that time I provided speech and language intervention for students attending North Middletown Elementary and Bourbon County Middle and High School. I have had the joy and pleasure of working with the amazing students at Bourbon Central for more than ten years.
On a personal note, I have been married to my loving husband for twenty-six years. We do not have any children, but we have two adorable nephews with whom we spend a lot of time and who provide us with many entertaining stories. We have also served as mentors to teenagers who needed added support. I am happy to say that my husband has joined me in working for Bourbon County Schools. We are loving every second of it! :) My husband and I currently have the privilege of serving in a sign language congregation in Richmond, Kentucky. In addition to educating individuals about the Bible, we also have the joy of finding and providing individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing a Bible education in American Sign Language. We have been involved in ministering to the deaf community for more than eleven years and have continued to love every minute! It is a very enjoyable ministry!
While working for Bourbon County I have had the honor of receiving a couple of awards. In October 2005 I had the privilege of being awarded the Torch of Excellence award from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. This award is given in honor of academic and professional achievement by the Lyman T. Johnson Association. I have had the further privilege of being awarded Bourbon County's Central Kentucky Special Education Co-op (CKSEC) Teacher of the Year Award during the 2006-2007 school year. In addition to teaching for Bourbon County Schools, I also have had the privilege of serving on the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Kentucky until December 2015. This gave me an opportunity to assist in moving academia forward at the college level. To sum things up, I LOVE teaching and being involved in the educational process! :) I hope that my students here at Bourbon Central will feel that love and come to share my enthusiasm for education.
My teaching philosophy is that a formal education should teach students to be successful, productive members of society regardless of level of individual ability. While education should provide academic skill such as speaking, reading, writing, and arithmetic, it should also foster social-emotional skills that will help the students to initiate and maintain working relationships in their daily contact with family, peers, and workmates.
The role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the formal school setting goes beyond teaching articulation, language, and simple pragmatic skills. Equally important to these skills is assisting the student in developing a positive attitude towards himself/herself and his/her education. Therefore, Speech-Language Pathologists must use their knowledge and skills to teach positive self-esteem, a love of and respect for life, and confidence in his/her ability to be successful despite real or perceived limitations.