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CMZ teacher encourages students to ‘never give up’

Name: Emily Kiniyalocts

Job title: 5th Grade Language Arts teacher at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary

Job duties: My responsibility is to encourage my students when they’re down, give them band-aids when they have scraped knees, be a facilitator of learning, and prepare my students to be successful, helpful, caring members of our great society.

Educational background: I graduated from Campbell County High School in 2006.  I then went on to graduate from Northern Kentucky University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

What is your favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job would have to be the fact that even though I am a teacher, I still get to come to work and learn from my students every day.  My kiddos really surprise me sometimes.

Hobbies: reading, running, volunteering, playing softball

Community involvement: I’ve been blessed to be a part of Girls on the Run here at Crittenden Mt. Zion Elementary.  I have helped or coached every year I’ve been teaching!

What is the last book you read? The last book that I read was “11/22/63” by Stephen King.  This was a science fiction novel about John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  I loved it because it was a new spin on a historical event that deeply affected our nation.

What is your favorite song and type of music: My current favorite song is “You Are” by Colton Dixon, but I typically listen to all different genres of music.

Favorite holiday: Easter has to be my favorite holiday because I get to experience traditions from both Greek Easter and American Easter.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would travel to Greece because that is a huge part of my heritage and I’d love to learn more about it. Plus, it’s beautiful there!

Tell one thing about yourself that might surprise your friends and family if they knew: I really want to start my own non-profit organization where families can basically get every type of service they need (medical, dental, shopping, etc.) all located at school.  So many families have to drive to the doctor’s, and then to the dentist, and then to the grocery- this way, families would be able to receive all of their services in one central location and have more time for the important things in life… like family and friends!

What advice would you give to a student today: Take ownership in everything you do, never give up on your dreams, always help someone in need, and laugh every day.