Kimberly Speed, an educator with Hoover City Schools, wants mommas to take a minute to breathe as we all try and settle into our new normal. I recently spoke to the May 2020 Momma of the Month.
Tell me about yourself.
I’m Kim Speed, a 47-year-old educator born and raised in Miami, Florida. My husband is Leonard Speed, also a native Floridian. I have a daughter Rylee age 15, and a daughter by marriage, Lindsay, that is 27.
What do you want your kids to learn from your life?
With God, all things are possible. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t do anything that you can’t recover from. Forgiveness is not for the other person, it’s for you. In all seriousness, Mom really does know everything!
What are the best and worst things about living in Birmingham?
I really like Birmingham! Coming from Florida, I can appreciate that we have a reflection of seasons. There are a lot of things to do, great food spots and a rich history. I do not like the disparities in education based on where people reside. Educational opportunities should be equal, regardless of your zip code.
What is your proudest personal moment?
I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, in Spring of 18. This year will be my 25th year as a teacher, even though I only planned to do five! I am proud that I am still making a difference.
What is your proudest mom moment?
Rylee always makes me proud. She is a very intelligent, talented and well-rounded young lady. Overall, she really is a great human being, and I am proud to be her mommy. I am also proud of Lindsay. Equally as vivacious as her younger sister, she is loving life as a new wife and has a great career that she enjoys. .
What is your proudest wife moment?
I am his number 1 fan, so this is a hard question. One moment that stands out the most was his obedience to the call into ministry. He received his second master’s degree in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has not been called to lead a congregation, but he considers his job his ministry. This is where he has the most impact.
What advice do you have for moms who now find themselves having to home school their kids?
First, breathe! Make a daily schedule, and do what you can. Take this time to teach your kids about something that you enjoy, or give them time to explore a new hobby. They won’t learn how to bake your famous pound cake or crochet a shawl in school! Most importantly, take the time to enjoy your children and take time for yourself.
What’s next for Kimberly Speed?
I have no idea what God has in store for me yet. I am going to get to those things and places that I said I would get to “one day” much sooner. This quarantine has put many things in perspective.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I am so honored to be among the great sisters that have been chosen as Momma of the Month.