Academy of Choice 2013 Teacher of the Year - Kimberly DeGidio

Kimberly DeGidio
Academy of Choice
Secondary Art

Education: Texas State University-San Marcos, Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts Education, 2006, Artis International Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy, 2006, Glassel Studio School Museum of Fine Arts, advanced photography & painting, University of Houston, Art Education Graduate Student, Present

    Teaching History: SBISD Academy of Choice, 2006-Present

    In her own words: “Students that would normally give up would find my story and abilities as a source of inspiration and give them the drive needed to complete their own goals. Although my course is considered an elective, the problem-solving skills and self-esteem building that occur transcend into their personal lives.”

    “Throughout my life, I have successfully faced many challenges and overcome many obstacles. This dedication had in turn helped my abilities as an artist, and more importantly, as an educator.”

    In the words of others: “Kim’s personal energy and enthusiasm are contagious. It’s easy to forget that she has to find ways to overcome her own physical challenges. Her personal commitment in making a statement for “handicapped” persons is an amazing life lesson for all students who have the privilege of being in her class. She is an amazing teacher who lets nothing or no one stand in the way of student achievement and success for herself.” Dr. Michele Hilberth, Academy of Choice Principal

  • Selected Honors, Recognitions and Activities:
  • Junior VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) Judge, 2009-Present
  • Texas Art Education Association workshop presenter, 20102


  1. Congratulations Kim!!! So glad we share a campus!

  2. Congratulations Kim!! The students are very fortunate to have you as a role model of perseverance!!!

  3. Huge congratulations!! I've seen what your students produce and that's a reflection of your talent. It is an honor to work with you!:)


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