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Kimberly Reeve of Taylors started her career as an educator as a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Zion Christian School in Greenville and now serves as the school’s chief administrator. Married to David, the mother of two survived a fire on campus that nearly destroyed the entire building several years ago and now oversees a thriving school that puts a strong emphasis on outreach and diversity.

1. What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has ever done?

One of my boys loved the feel of my pantyhose. One morning my son’s K5 teacher discovered that he was wearing them under his jeans when she went to help him button his pants.

2. What quality do you most admire in others?

Individuals who display true integrity.

3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

I was 6 years old, it was raining and freezing cold, and my dad walked through the front door with a St. Bernard puppy hidden in his coat pocket.

4. What’s your favorite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese from Bologna, Italy.

5. What’s your dream vacation destination?

A trip to Australia to see koala bears.

6. What’s the best place to take the kids?

A theme park! It’s a great way to have family fun and still teach a few life lessons — the power of budgeting, patience, a safety plan in case they get lost, and exposure to different cultures and languages.

7. What is your favorite TV show?

I love watching “The Pioneer Woman” on the Cooking Channel.

8. What are your hobbies?

Decorating, antique shopping and creating themed Christmas trees.

9. What is something important life has taught you?

To recognize that no matter what life brings your way, if God is first, everything will be OK.

10. What is your favorite family ritual?

Early Christmas morning gathering at Nana and Poppies house with the entire family. A glistening tree wrapped in presents, a cozy fire and Christmas carols singing in the background. The smell of country fried ham and melt-in-your-mouth Southern biscuits and the excitement of the kids and grandkids laughing together.

11. What always makes you laugh?

Young children. They have a way of making the funniest statements.

12. What would surprise people about you?

In my younger days, I swam across the Ohio River, rappelled down Glassy Mountain and sang on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

13. What has surprised you most about being a parent?

The indescribable love and attachment that is instantly created when you hear their first cry and how it stays with you for a lifetime.

14. What is your favorite indulgence?

Dark chocolate, raspberries and whipped cream, of course!

15. Who do you most admire?

My parents. They instilled in me to work hard, always be honest, be thankful for family and to put God first in everything that I do.

16. Early bird or night owl?

I have always been a night owl.

17. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?

God. I have a lot of things I want to ask Him and I really don’t want to wait until I get to heaven for the answers.

18. What book do you most recommend to others?

“The 5 Love Languages” and “The 5 Love Languages of Children” by Dr. Gary Chapman. Both are excellent books on how to communicate, express and understand love for one another.

19. What’s your signature dish?

Southern-style potato salad and Russian tea. I am requested to serve it for every family event.

20. What is the best gift parents can give their child?

True unconditional love just like our Holy Father gives us.

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