Kim Dakdouk – J.R. Ingram, Jr. Elementary School

Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Mrs. Kim (Himes) Dakdouk of J.R. Ingram, Jr. Elementary School. A second grade teacher, Mrs. Dakdouk has spent her entire teaching career at Ingram, including her student teaching year, for a grand total of 22 years. The teaching veteran holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Campbell University and is also a mentor, clinical teacher for a student teacher and grade-level chairperson at Ingram.

Mrs. Dakdouk’s teaching philosophy stems from Alan E. Beck’s quote, “In teaching, you can’t do the Bloom stuff until you take care of the Maslow stuff,” meaning, a teacher can’t get through to a student without connecting with them first. “I believe students need to feel loved, they need to feel safe, listened to and respected. They need that connection with their teacher, then they will experience success in the classroom.” Mrs. Dakdouk also uses Ingram’s motto, “we unleash the potential of life-long leaders,” and feels this should be every teacher’s goal.

In her free time, Mrs. Dakdouk enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and when she is not in school, she volunteers her time at the Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County. She notes, “it has a big piece of my heart.”

Mrs. Dakdouk feels tremendous gratitude to J.R. Ingram: “I am thankful for all of my years at J.R. Ingram. My second-grade team is the best you will ever find. The staff here is phenomenal;  they love our students and are dedicated to their success and well-being.”