Meet Personalized Education Coach Camille Zimmerman and read about some of the inspiring students she has enjoyed working with.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Orange County, California. I have been married to my husband for almost 27 years and together we have raised three children. After homeschooling them for many years, our oldest has just graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has entered the work force and we just sent our twins off to college. So needless to say, we are navigating this new phase of being “empty nesters”. I am thankful that all three of my children live nearby and we are able to see them often.
I am inspired by God’s creation and take the opportunity to go to the mountains, the beach or a lake whenever possible. I love to snowboard, ski, play volleyball, eat chocolate, read, garden, decorate, and spend time shopping and eating with friends and family.
Why do you love working in education?
I love the joy of learning and helping students achieve their potential. Now that I am done educating my own children, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to help others discover their gifts and talents. I enjoy walking alongside and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. I also love helping students connect with other students all over the world.
What does your job look like? How do you help make CMASAS what it is?
I am a Personalized Education Coach. My job is like the hub of a wheel in which I help connect students with resources, create learning plans, help set goals and help them make connections with other students and teachers. I help make CMASAS personal to each student by mentoring, encouraging and motivating them as they navigate these critical years.
What inspired you to want to work at an online school that emphasizes personalized education vs a site-specific traditional school?
I don’t believe one size fits all. I saw this with my own children where there was one year that my oldest was attending a public school, one twin was attending a private school and the other twin was homeschooled. I think the results of traditional education are inferior to a personalized education. I love getting to know my students and helping personalize an education where they can work towards a diploma while not having to give up what they love to do. I love to see the love for learning emerge in each student as they are able to learn the way that works best for them.
Do you have a favorite story from your time at CMASAS where you feel you helped a family or a student create a truly personalized learning experience?
I have numerous stories over the past 13 years where I was able to help students create personalized learning experiences and this is one of the reasons why I enjoy my job so much. However, I will share briefly about a student who was from Turkey. Through our weekly homeroom meetings, this shy student emerged into a leader. She began to speak up for what she believed in and she had an idea to start a website for our homeroom where students could connect and get to know one another better. Monday Misfits was created and even ran by other students after this student graduated. She loved online school so much that she went on to take college courses online. I also had the privilege of meeting her in person which is always a treat. Since she has graduated, she has surprised me and visited our homeroom a number of times.
I could also tell you about the student who wanted to start a club where students could meet weekly and just hang out and chat. I helped her start Social Circle which is a club that still meets weekly and is very well attended.
Or there was my student who was a snowboarder in the Olympics and how much fun it was to work alongside him and to see him on TV and to have him share with our homeroom his experience in Russia.
Currently, I have a student trying to qualify for the Olympics in Rio and the list goes on and on. Each student brings with them their unique stories and personalities and I have the privilege of helping them connect with one another and walk through these years with them.
What is one dream you have for CMASAS families that you enjoy encouraging them in?
I enjoy helping students become empowered to take control of their own education, to discover that education is not something that is forced on them, but rather something they can pursue in a way that is guided by their interests, talents and individual learning styles.
What is a goal or dream that you are currently working towards?
I look forward to this next stage of life and seeing what God has planned for me now that we just sent our youngest two off to college. I am eager to use what I have learned in the last 20 years as both a teacher and a parent to invest in the next generation. I would also like to travel more and be exposed to other cultures.
How can parents and students contact you?
Phone: 1-888-832-9437 ext 667