Staff Spotlight: Kim Fleming
As attendance coordinator at Mastery’s Thomas campus, Kim Fleming works to ensure that all students are maintaining strong and consistent attendance records. She truly embraces each student and family as her own, as she regularly checks in with students and parents to address any truancy or lateness. Meet Mrs. Kim and learn why her Mastery family calls her a survivor and the epitome of grit in this Staff Spotlight.
Tell us more about yourself.
I’m a retired Philadelphia Police Officer, with 18 years on the force as a court liaison, but I’ve been involved in education since 1986. I previously served as the director of KinderCare Academy and Hope Church Preschool. In addition to my role at Mastery, as First Lady of St. Joseph Baptist Church I serve as the President of the Local Ministries Wives. I’m the mother of twin boys, one who is a senior at Mastery Thomas.
What do you love about Mastery?
Our Thomas team is a family. I love how we can agree to disagree and come together to get the job done for our students. At the end of the day, it’s all about the students. The warm smiles, hugs, and appreciation that I show is reciprocated daily and that’s what I love about the Thomas campus.
What would you say to a friend who is thinking about applying/working at Mastery?
Joining the Mastery family is the best decision and the right choice for anyone looking to build a strong foundation in education. There are clubs and activities that are just for staff, like the Sunshine Club, designed to bring a smile to everyone’s face by celebrating their birthday and other small personal celebrations.
What makes working at Mastery challenging?
I strive to apply all the Mastery values in my day-to-day role and life.
During my time with Mastery, I’ve had to balance my work, activities, and being a mom, with a battle with cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, and over the last 20 years, the cancer came back and spread, but I can now say that I’m a survivor. At Mastery Thomas, our staff and students do not quit, even when things aren’t easy. I’ve seen how staff have had to push through and I’ve done the same.
The acknowledgement, sense of community, and support I receive make it all worthwhile.