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10 Questions with Jennifer Kingston

Cover graphic for alumni spotlight featuring TVHS alumni Jennifer Kingston

1. What is your name, which TSD schools did you attend, and what year did you graduate?

My name is Jennifer Kingston. I moved to Loveland in 1988 and attended Walt Clark and Thompson Valley High School, graduating in 1994.

2. What have you been doing since graduation, and what is your proudest accomplishment?

My life has been full since high school. I attended college, married, and have two amazing children. I started out as a substitute teacher, then was hired and started working at Monroe Elementary School. I ended my ten years at Monroe as the secretary when I was offered an opportunity to work at the district office in Learning Services. Eventually, I moved to my current role in Safety and Security. This is my 18th year in TSD. My proudest accomplishment is my kids!

3. What is your best memory of school?

Some of my best memories of school were at Thompson Valley High School. The staff and students made it so much fun to attend school.

4. What was your biggest challenge during school?

MATH!!!!! I have since overcome the fear, but it was a struggle.

5. What do you know now that you wish your younger self had known?

That I was capable of so much more than I ever thought. Life is about balance. Once you learn how to balance what is important in your life, things become easier.

6. What advice would you give to students in school now?

Never stop! If you get frustrated, that is okay, but failure is NOT an option. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. Hold yourself accountable. The saying, show me your friends, and I will show you your future β€” it’s true! Everyone in this world needs support; choose wisely.

7. Name one person who changed your life for the better during school and how they did it.

I had a ton of mentors while in school. My family and my friends always supported me and my goals. My parents helped me succeed by giving me grace and wisdom and also teaching me accountability.

8. If you could wave a magic wand and change something about your school years, what would it be?

I would make it last a little longer. I wish I would have cherished the time more; it was a wonderful experience for me.

9. How did school prepare you for what you are doing now?

Schooling has helped me be accountable and successful. What I learned the most is to have self-pride, work hard, and help all.

10. What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

I hope to accomplish a sense of pride and success in the young students in our district. Our district is amazing, and I hope to accomplish the simple goal of inspiring students to love learning. Time goes fast β€” enjoy!!