Mr. Padilla Kicks off Career During COVID


From Heavener, Oklahoma, Mr. Dakota Padilla comes ready to inspire kids just like how his teachers inspired him.

“My high school drama teacher Mrs. Falkner and English teachers Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Cruse made me feel safe and welcome at school,” Mr. Padilla said. “They showed what an impact Language Arts can have on a young mind.”

As for teaching at Kimmons, Mr. Padilla loves the diversity, how funny the kids can be, and seeing them learn and grow.

“I feel like I can relate to the kids and have built great relationships with them,” Mr. Padilla said. “I also have the best mentor, Mrs. Storey. She has made this first year much better! Actually, I’d like to shout out the entire English department. We are pretty cool, just sayin’.”

One big challenge for Mr. Padilla has been starting his teaching career during a pandemic. Another obstacle is teaching students how to read challenging texts.

“It’s hard to accept the fact that some kids just don’t like to read,” Mr. Padilla said.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Padilla also faces some trouble in the kitchen.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the best cook,” Mr. Padilla said. “I once caught my kitchen on fire by trying to make french fries when I was 16. Yeah, I am definitely learning how to cook. I’d say it’s getting better.”

Along with cooking, Mr. Padilla also enjoys other activities outside of school.

“I like making music, travelling, thrift shopping, and enjoying free time with my family,” Mr. Padilla said. “I am most active when it is warm outside because I love the sun!”