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Kim Broshar

Faculty Information
Location(s) Lower School, Administration
Title(s) Lower School Principal
Other Information
1996 
 

Kim Broshar is the Lower School Principal. Kim was a substitute teacher for a year during the 1994-95 school year and began working for CDS full time in 1996. During her time at CDS, she also served as the Assistant Lower School Principal and learning specialist. She has received the Betty Lou Davis teacher recognition award. Kim's husband teaches in the middle school and both of their children are students at CDS. Kim was a college athlete and a camp counselor for many years and says that these two experiences along with the love and support she received from my parents and family are what make me who she is today. Playing athletics gave her confidence, strength, and teamwork skills and being a camp counselor gave her a love a community, incredible friendships, and a passion for working with children. Kim's parents gave her a strong sense of integrity, compassion, and an ability to show true empathy.

Get to know Kim Broshar:
 
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools?  The majority of my teaching career has been at CDS. The main difference between my experience here and my one, former school was parent involvement. My first teaching job was at a small, public school in Florida.  I taught fifth grade for three years there, and I had many students in my class whose parents I never even met. Our connection with our students and their families is very important when you are trying to educate a child. CDS also gives teachers the resources they need to teach their classes the best way that they can. Not only in supplies but in professional development opportunities, too. Our faculty and staff are a community of learners and I can’t say that about my first school. CDS also supports thoughtful, risk taking and allows teachers to try new and innovative ideas.”
 
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “The students I work with. Whether they need extra help with reading/spelling or enjoy a fun challenge in math, the kids are what make my job great. I love it when they stop by my office just to say hi or to check in about their day. Our students are bright, engaged, compassionate, and eager to learn. I also love working with our lower-school families. I try to be a good listener and engage parents in finding solutions to challenges that they or their children might be experiencing.”
 
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “I believe that in order for kids to take risks and reach their potential, they must feel fully supported. You don’t usually take the risks of reaching for the next rung unless you know there is a big cushion underneath you if you should fall. Our teachers provide that support so that students will strive to reach their potential. Whether they are heading up a campaign to raise awareness about an issue and must speak to the entire student body to garner support, thinking about becoming a resident expert about a topic of interest and need to decide how they will share their new knowledge with peers and parents, or trying out for a sport that they have never played competitively before. They know that our teachers and staff will be there with encouragement, support, expertise, and love.”


What books and authors inspire you? “Professionally, most recently, Tony Wagner has been at the front of my list. I think he is dead on with how education needs to change in order to meet the needs of students in this century. Personally, Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. I love the way her books are so intricate and the characters are so multi-layered.”
 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “When you know better, you do better.” I just love that quote because I know that everyone at CDS strives to do what is best for children. We may not always get it right at first, but we learn from our mistakes and aren’t afraid to try new things. We also value the insight and wisdom that parents have about their own children. Working in partnership allows us to come together and make the best decisions possible for a student.”
  
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I listen with an open heart, not a defensive spirit.”
 
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “I started the 5th grade pizza fund my first year at CDS. Students run this whole operation from choosing the pizza company to recycling the empty boxes at the end of lunch. I love this project because the students begin the year so excited to be able to participate as 5th graders and everyone volunteering for every job. Then around February it becomes a true job, the enthusiasm has died down a bit because they’ve been doing it for several months, but you’ve promised to provide lunch for the Lower, Key, and Middle School on Fridays. You also have a commitment to raising money for others. This project has donated well over $40,000 in almost 20 years.”


What personal passion brings balance to your life? My love for my family and my need to connect with water. Everything is right with the world when I can combine those two things by spending a week at the beach, with my extended family, fishing, diving, beach combing, and just hanging out with the people I love most in this world. I also enjoy a good movie and a great book!”
 
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? I love my job and can’t really see myself doing anything else. I love CDS and believe deeply in it’s mission and the direction we are currently headed in with regard to curriculum, student learning, and preparing our students for the future....whatever it may hold.”
 
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “At CDS, learning is student based. We strive to meet children where they are and help them to reach their potential. When I was in school, there was a set curriculum, everyone did the same thing, and there was very little differentiation or room for individuality. Now we are constantly looking for ways to “hook” our students by investigating their interests, passions, goals, etc.”  
 

Contact Information
School Email
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School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x422
Education
Degree(s) B.A., University of Tampa
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