Becoming a mother at the age of 17 didn’t stop SCC Sociology Associate Professor Kim Kiesewetter from getting a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and later a master’s
Kim began her community college “career” at the age of 16 at Vance Granville Community College in Henderson, NC where she received her HSE diploma shortly before her daughter was born.
Kim went on to take classes at Raleigh’s Wake Technical Community College and later received a scholarship to Milligan College in Elizabethton, TN where she was able to live on-campus with her daughter.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, she earned a Masters of Arts in Sociology from East Tennessee State University. Kim was employed at a non-profit in Asheville for a couple of years before marrying her husband and moving to the Sandhills area.
faculty, staff, and administration here in making sure we are providing students with the
highest quality experience and education.”
For the past seven years, Kim has enjoyed witnessing student’s successes. “I have been fortunate to see a number of my students and advisees go on to universities
across the state.”
“My favorite class to teach is, “Introduction to Sociology” because, “it’s the “bread and butter” of my discipline here at Sandhills,” she remarked. Kim enjoys teaching her students how sociology can apply to their own lives and career goals.
Her love of teaching and building a community within her classroom and students is one of the things she most looks forward to with each new class.
During the school year, Kim stays busy. Her day begins at 5 am as she readies herself and her children to be out the door by 7 am. She likes to be on campus early and is usually racing her co-worker, Bill Pope, to be the first to class. Throughout the day she teaches, holds office hours, and manages her on-campus activities before picking up her children and spending time at home with them before dinner. Her free time is spent practicing yoga, admiring art, and traveling.
Kim is about to wrap up a second graduate degree in applied cultural anthropology from the University of North Texas. She hopes to one day add teaching anthropology classes to her schedule.
Kim couldn’t disagree more with the stigma community colleges have as not being a “real” college. “We have a beautiful campus, dynamic and accessible teachers, lots of exciting events and activities for students…and that’s all before considering the fact that we are significantly more affordable. I hope that people continue to see what a great value community colleges offer to students, regardless of their academic goals and that Sandhills is a great place to start a higher education career.”