Kimm brings to The Grayson School a decades-long commitment to and deep passion for gifted education. She holds a Master’s degree in Gifted Education from the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Connecticut, home of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and one of the nation’s premier research institutions specializing in the social-emotional and academic needs of high-ability students.
During the pursuit of her specialized academic degree, Ms. Doherty became deeply involved in gifted education issues and was selected to be the State Affiliate Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), a state chapter of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). In this role, she has presented at statewide conferences and to a variety of school districts on topics such as the effective use of the Iowa Acceleration Scale, the role of the school psychologist in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP), and the best way to navigate GIEP meetings. Most recently, she has concentrated her professional efforts on training teachers in both public and private schools on how to better differentiate for the gifted students in their mixed-ability classrooms.
Certified in multiple states in both Elementary and Middle School education, Ms. Doherty also has ten years of experience in the classroom; her enthusiasm for creating rich, engaging content for young students has also led her beyond the schoolhouse to the Franklin Institute Science Museum, where she used a National Science Foundation grant to design innovative hands-on science materials for Philadelphia public schools.
Ms. Doherty particularly loves teaching elementary students because they are so open to new ideas, and integrating content from multiple disciplines is such a natural part of learning for them. At The Grayson School, she especially looks forward to connecting her dedication to excellence in elementary academics with Grayson’s students, families, and staff.