Kimberly Howard is a K-5 ESL teacher in Wichita Public Schools USD 259 on leave to serve as the Kansas NEA Vice President. Prior to teaching at Washington Elementary, Kimberly taught kindergarten at Griffith Elementary. Her mother was also a Kansas teacher and retired after teaching 46 years.
After graduating from Udall High School, Kimberly attended Friends University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also earned a Master’s degree in School Leadership from Baker University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction in ESOL from Newman University.
Kimberly has been a leader at every level in her local, United Teachers of Wichita. She began serving as a building rep, then became a member of the Executive Board, progressing to Secretary, Vice President, and then President of UTW. She has served on many committees in Wichita Public Schools and UTW, including Labor Management, Employee Health Advisory Committee, Friendship Fund, Crisis Team, Professional Development Council, New Staff Orientation Planning Team, Peer Consultant Board, Scholarship Committee, Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation, and Negotiations Team.
For Kansas NEA, Kimberly has been the KNEA Secretary-Treasurer, chair of the KNEA Budget and Audit Committee, UniServ Review Committee, and served on several KNEA commissions. She was also a member of the NEA Board of Directors.
In Kimberly’s free time, she enjoys playing with her 3-year-old niece, traveling with family and friends, watching KU basketball, shopping, and reading.