TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe School Corporation is awarding its Teacher of the Year award to an educator at Harrison High School.
Kathy Nimmer has been teaching English and creative writing at Harrison since 1992. She was a 1998 Golden Apple Award winner and two-time recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship award.
She was chosen by TSC from a field of 19 other teachers. Nimmer is blind, but she said her disability has actually helped her in the classroom.
“My classes are highly interactive. That came originally from a necessity because I am blind. I need to talk with them more to gauge their understanding, their involvement and interests,” explained Nimmer. “It has evolved into more of a style. There’s a lot of ‘us’ in there, rather them me and them.”
Senior Maeve Lee said Miss Nimmer has inspired her in many ways.
“She makes Creative Writing so much fun. I did not like writing when I walked into Creative Writing. I did it so I could get better at writing. I love writing now. She is definitely one of my favorite English teachers of all time,” said Lee.
Nimmer said she is honored to receive the award. She will represent TSC in the 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year program.