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Faculty Spotlight

Somerset Community College is proud to spotlight Kimberly Toby, Associate Professor of Student Success, as our SCC Faculty Spotlight! Read her interview below to learn more about Kimberly and what she loves about being a faculty member at SCC.

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Name: Kimberly Toby

Division and subjectAssociate Professor of Student Success - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Divison 

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: I love to see students come to class on the first day and get excited about learning. My favorite thing is to see them at the end of the semester, and seeing how far they have come.  I guess you could say, I love the journey of learning with my students. 

Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SCC?

A: I love my little family. I love spending time at home with them. My daughter is in band, so we love to attend all of her band competitions.  We are very active in our church and my daughter sings and plays keyboard at church. I just enjoy seeing my daughter grow and I am also very much in love with my husband, Steven, of 23 years. 

Q: When did you know you wanted to teach?

A: I was hired as the Public Relations Assistant, here at Somerset Community College. It was then that I saw what the college professors do and how they are actively involved in changing lives. It was my second year here that I decided I wanted to teach at the college level. 

Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?

A: Growing up, I wanted to be a singer, a waitress that owned a Volkswagen bug, a lifeguard, and then I decided I wanted to be an accountant. The only one that panned out was the lifeguard. I was a fish in my youth. I was a lifeguard for two years during high school. The others didn't worked out, but the life I have now...I wouldn't trade it for the world!  Teaching is truly a calling and I am so glad I got the calling. 

Q: Who has influenced you the most in life?

A: I have always liked Dolly Parton. She is a great business woman, always has a positive attitude, always has a joke to tell, and is still married to her true love. There's just something genuine and pure about her and that is something to live up to.  I have had others who have influenced me here at SCC like Dorothy Phillips. She is always positive, smiles, gives a kind word, and is one smart cookie!  

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: I enjoy scrap-booking, crocheting, and helping others. I also enjoy games and Rook, but I don't get to play that often. 

Q: What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

A: I love meeting new students. I have made some life-long friends out of students. It's funny how you can live in the same town and never run into people. Yet, all walks of life are brought together at a COMMUNITY college. That's what I love about teaching at SCC, getting to know my community better. 

Q: Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A: Education is never wasted. I've always believed in leaving things better than you found them and that also includes people.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: Last year, I went into sudden cardiac arrest while eating dinner with my daughter. Several people were there and helped with CPR. I was unresponsive for 20 - 25 minutes. I underwent hydrothermal therapy here at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. The staff and doctors did a great job saving my life. I was deemed the "Miracle Lady" and I am happy to have that name!


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