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Kathy Grimes

Kathy Grimes (NV '96)

At the time of the Award, Kathy Grimes was:

Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary
Las Vegas, NV

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4, 5

Biographical Information

Currently a teacher at Frank Lamping Elementary School in Henderson, Kathy Grimes was previously a science teacher at Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she directed a laboratory for 625 fourth- and fifth-graders. Grimes' extensive participation in The Jason Project, the Nevada Science Project, Project Wild and Project Learning Trees allowed her to participate in substantial scientific and environmental research, which she applied to her classroom teaching. In addition to conducting her school's Family Science Nights and sponsoring the Young Astronauts' Club, Grimes created Project S.M.I.L.E. (Science Museum and Instructional Laboratory for the Environment), an academic leadership program for at-risk fifth-graders. Students in the program served as curators at the Museum of Natural History, lab instructors, or environmental tour leaders to thousands of children throughout the district. In 1994, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Grimes a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science.

Additional Information


1971 Harding University, B.A.