West Park Elementary School
Excerpt Form Napa Valley Register
When one of Kimberly Douma’s young students was going through a tough time at home, Douma put in extra effort to help her feel like a normal girl. For a few minutes every day before class, the little girl would sit with Douma, who would brush and braid her hair — a task the child’s own mother was unable to do.
“You find out what a student needs and provide it with love,” Douma said. “If they see that you really care, they want to please you and do their very best in the classroom.”
Douma, a first-grade teacher at West Park Elementary, was recently named the 2014 Napa County Teacher of the Year. She has also been nominated for Teacher of the Year for California. READ MORE
Nominations for Napa County Teacher of the Year 2015 will open in March.