Kimberly Davis recently came to work as an agent at the Sequatchie County UT Extension Office.
Aug. 1, 2019 – Kimberly Davis taught high school kids Family and Consumer Sciences for 13 years before deciding she might like a change. Her class in Early Childhood Education was interesting to her, but it gave her a narrow focus.
“I taught that one specific thing,” Davis said this week. “I always liked other aspects of Family and Consumer Sciences, but I was just teaching one concentration. And I also wanted to teach adults.”
So, after getting a taste of that broader aspect of her field by volunteering at the Hamilton County Extension Office, she took the plunge and applied for a job with the UT Extension Service.
Davis started her new job as Sequatchie County Extension agent May 1, filling the position left by Aneta Eichler last September.
As Extension agent, Davis will have the opportunity to expand her field of expertise to include health and nutrition, family living, consumerism, and child development. She's already been helping with Junior 4-H Camp, the quilting class and needlework class, and was getting ready for the jewelry-making class.
That day, she was sorting beads on the desk in her office, pointing out how many items she had bought locally for the jewelry class.
Davis said the various classes offered by the Extension Service make kids use their minds.
“It gets them thinking outside of the box,” she said. “They may choose to make jewelry. It's an entrepreneurial activity. They can make money with it!”
One of Davis' primary responsibilities in her new role will be organizing 4-H activities.
“The office here has a really strong 4-H program already in place,” she said. “This year, I'm following the steps that have already been laid. I was able to see some of the students do their demonstrations. The public speaking skills they're learning are going to go with them into adulthood. I'm excited to be a part of that.”
Davis commutes to Dunlap from her home in Chattanooga, where she has been involved in Good Neighbors New Testament Church since she was 18 years old. In her spare time, she likes to travel, and she likes to shop.
“I like yard sales,” she said, admitting that she came to the right place for that, with the 127 Yard Sale coming right through town every August.
“I have a friend that's coming Friday to yard sale with me,” she said.
She also likes crafts, and showed off her leopard-spotted earrings that she made herself, “from Ace Hardware Christmas ornaments!”
Davis points out that there are so many things a child can learn outside the classroom that will benefit him or her through life.
“Extension has a huge array of things to teach them,” she said. “Through these activities they can learn common sense and critical thinking skills, and through that they learn problem solving.”
Davis was arranging beads and accessories this week for a jewelry-making class she was getting ready to teach.