Kimberly Zimmerman earned her Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from Salem College and her Master of Music (Cello Performance) from Appalachian State University. She has taught Orchestra at Swansboro Middle School since 2011, where she rebooted the Tri-M program. This group did local work within the school and community and brought students to New York City and Washington, D.C. to enhance their musical experiences. She has been honored as the Swansboro Middle School Teacher of the Year, Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year finalist, and the North Carolina Music Educators’ Association Eastern Region Orchestra Teacher of the Year. She has served as sight-reading judge for regional orchestra adjudication and is looking forward to working with students across North Carolina as All-County Orchestra clinician this year. She now teaches at Swansboro High School and is a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.