Kimberly Chism is the Reading Intervention Specialist. This is her 3rd year with UMCS. Kimberly received her BA in religious studies from University of South Florida, her CA state teaching credential and MA in education from San Francisco State University and is trained in Lindamood-Bell Learning Process's Seeing Stars and Visualizing & Verbalizing. Her career in education has included early childhood instruction at Child & Family Institute in Menlo Park, cofounding and leading Nature School, a parent cooperative outdoor preschool in Oakland, nine years of teaching 3rd grade at E.R. Taylor Elementary School in San Francisco, and working as a therapeutic assistant for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder both privately and at The Nueva School in Burlingame. When not reading with kiddos Kimberly loves to swim in the warm Atlantic waters off the coast of Florida, snorkel, dance, hike, camp, travel and spend time with her family and friends. She is passionate about her work with our young readers and very excited to begin another year at Urban.