Kimberly Looney, Classroom AssistantKimberly Looney, Interventionist

For Kimberly Looney, family is everything. Close to her own siblings and their families, she cites spending time with her husband, Jimmy, and children as one of her very favorite things to do. When the family is beach-combing, picnicking, playing tourists as they visit other towns, or simply at home watching a funny movie or playing a game, Kim’s at her happiest, especially if she’s joined by her granddaughter Lily.

It’s no wonder then, that Kimberly found her calling in a Relief Nursery.

“Being part of a program to help strengthen families is amazing,” she says. “I love being part of such a wonderful stepping stone for building strong families.”

Originally from Stockton, Calif, growing up in a family of eight, where she was the fourth of six children, she learned to appreciate her mother’s good cooking. (Her favorite food is just about anything Italian.) Kim also learned to appreciate both the support and cooperation essential to a family determined to stay positively connected. She brings those skills to her role in the nursery as a supportive member of the TVCRN team.

Going back to school when her five children were older, she earned her associate’s degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Para-Education from Treasure Valley Community College. She also earned her therapeutic interventionist certification. While at TVCC, she earned recognition for academic excellence and was invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Additionally, she was recognized for her outstanding service by the Student Education Association.

A resident of Weiser since 2005, Kim is quick with a laugh and enjoys swapping humorous anecdotes with co-workers. She enjoys reading historical love stories and books that make her laugh out loud. Jane Austen is her favorite.

“I love watching and helping the children develop new skills and reach new milestones,” she said of working with as many as 24 children a day in the Relief Nursery’s therapeutic classroom four days a week. “I like honing my skills and learning everything I can about child development and the implications of adverse early childhood experiences. I look forward to helping to build strong families in this community for many years to come.”