For the past three years, registered nurse Kim Seidel has been a source of comfort, healing and fun for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Geneva’s North Street School.
Seidel graduated from Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing in 2013, at age 35.
“Being an adult learner was probably the best decision I ever made in my life,” she said. “I don’t know if I would have gotten it when I was younger.”
Seidel’s decisions have always been family-based. The College of Nursing was close to home and offered evening and weekend programs that enabled her to maintain her family commitments. She and her husband, Chris, an English teacher at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, have two daughters, Ella, 13 and Marleigh, 10.
At North Street School, Seidel is responsible for the care of 460 students and 70 staff members.
“In a way, you’re an extension of their family because you’re the caregiver during that time,” she said.