Ms. Medema

Ms. Medema
Classroom Phone: 269-250-XXXX
School Phone: 269-250-8600

Twenty years after graduating from Comstock High School, Kami (Hemler) Medema is back in the district as a fifth grade teacher at Comstock Elementary. In the intervening years, she graduated from KVCC and Western Michigan University. Over the course of 13 years, she taught at Oakland Academy in Portage and then at Forest Academy in Kalamazoo before coming to Comstock.

Her third grade teacher, Mrs. Stukey at Chief Joseph Elementary School in Great Falls, Montana, influenced her to become a teacher. “Her nurturing ways and creativeness stuck with me throughout my school years,” she said.

As a teacher, she enjoys making a difference in students’ lives and helping them become lifelong learners. For example, she recalls a student who was having trouble with math so she offered to give him more help after school. So, he stayed after school each day to do his homework with her help. “At the end of the year, he felt confident in math and you could see it in his face when he took the end of the year NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) tests,” she said.

The hardest thing about teaching today is not being able to help students outside of school and not knowing if they will eat dinner or have a bed to sleep in, she said.

Mrs. Medema and her husband have two children. “As a family we enjoy spending time together,” she said. “We make time to eat dinner together most nights of the week.” She and her family enjoy traveling to different zoos and attending baseball games. She also still plays slow-pitch softball.