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Learning Center Experience
A teacher for nearly
40 years, Kaplan University’s Professor Dale Kimball already knew in high
school exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up.
“I was inspired by my
English teacher. He was a great role model. I was excited to learn when I went
to his class. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious. He made even the most
boring topics really interesting by engaging and interacting with his students.
Still to this date, I think of him as one of the very best teachers I have ever
Dale’s inspiring “moment in service” came early in his life. He went on to work with many more
teachers during his long and distinguished career
in education. He has lived in
Michigan for nearly his entire life, where he has served as a teacher, coach,
principal, superintendent, and currently, a graduate college professor at
Kaplan University. In our School
of Graduate Education, Dale teaches
Educational Psychology and Legal Issues in Education (he wrote the class) as well
as education management and education technology courses. He has taught nearly
10 different courses at Kaplan University.
Dale started out his
career teaching English, journalism, and math, and early on began writing and
directing language arts curriculum. He also became passionately involved in
extracurricular activities as well, coaching football and wrestling. In
addition, he has coached champion tennis, softball, and cross-country running
teams to numerous victories.
“I realized early on
the importance of students getting involved,” he said. “Whether it’s sports or
the debate team or the photography club, students who are engaged and
passionate about something tend to do much better in school.”
Dale continued to
support extracurricular activities, as he became a principal and eventually, a
superintendent in the Michigan and Texas public school systems. He recently
retired after 20 years as a superintendent, and became an instructor for Kaplan
University in our masters of art in teaching program. He has been teaching at Kaplan University
for nearly 4 years.
“I love teaching
educators,” Dale said. “Everything I’m teaching I have lived. It’s not just
based in theory but in practice as well. I feel like it has all come full
He continued, “I
really have enjoyed the opportunity to influence how educators teach their
students. I especially like to teach Educational Psychology. It provides me the opportunity to help teachers really reach
their students with different strategies and methods.”
Dale continued, “So
many colleges and universities do a poor job teaching pedagogy, the science and
art of education. I’ve seen a lot of good teachers instructing the same way in
which they were taught. The reason is that they never got solid pedagogical
training in college, so they fall back on what they know.”
“When you think about
it, our teachers actually receive less training than a fast-food worker at
McDonald’s! When teachers are hired, many schools offer no orientation for the
classes they are expected to teach, because principals assume that they
received appropriate pedagogical training in college. Often, this has not been
the case. Compare this to the one week of training and orientation that
McDonald’s employees receive. Our teachers need more guidance.”
Dale is excited to now
be in a position where he can help effect change in the field, teaching at
“Kaplan University is
an exceptional school,” he said. “I had heard of its reputation, and as a
professor, I can really see what a tremendous difference we are making in the lives and careers of our students. Our curriculum is
top-notch. Our professors teach from the heart—we are all very passionate about
helping others. We all have a minimum of a decade of experience, and we all are
committed to staying current on the trends in education, so we can provide the
best education and counsel to our future educators!”
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