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Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast - Gretchen Bridgers | Education Podcast Network 18th May 2020
211: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kim Strobel
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211: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kim Strobel

Kim Strobel is the owner of Strobel Education, education consultant, and motivational speaker.

She’s its driving force. Her wisdom, positivity, and strength inform every aspect—and it shows in the inspiring workshops she presents to teachers who seek to make a difference. She puts herself “in the trenches” with teachers because she was once there herself and knows how important support and encouragement are in creating a successful classroom.

A licensed ELA teacher for grades K-12, Kim has taught in classrooms at all grade levels during her almost 20 years as an education professional. She began her career teaching fourth grade, during which time she served on numerous committees devoted to improving the curriculum and culture of the schools. She next served as a K-12 Literacy Coordinator, helping to develop a school-wide plan to improve literacy achievement and implement new common core literacy standards. Kim found her next challenge as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a school district, during which time she developed curriculum in all content areas, K-12; collaborated with teachers and administrators to identify instructional needs; and served as a liaison with state and local agencies.

Throughout her career, Kim has been recognized at the state and local level for her achievements and contributions to the education field. In 2010, she was awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which she used to study the practice of meditation and how to use it in the classroom. And most recently, she’s taken her vision of reimagining education to the national stage as a featured keynote speaker at the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta, and the School Discipline Conference in Las Vegas.

Kim has recently added the role of Happiness Coach to her lengthy resume. Her new business, Kim Strobel – Live Events and Retreats, guides individuals toward rediscovering their authentic selves and reclaiming their personal and professional joy. Kim sprinkles happiness tips and tricks into her education workshops, ensuring teachers reenter their classrooms with renewed purpose and passion.

Professionally, Kim’s a teacher, a consultant, a speaker, a happiness coach and an aspiring author. But her personal life is just as full. When she’s not firing up educators with her signature mix of excitement and experience, she’s a die-hard runner, an advocate for her community’s abandoned animals, and a family-oriented gal who loves spending time with her husband Scott, their four children, two grandkids, and three pups.

This episode is sponsored by Power School/Schoology’s Time for Teachers initiative.

Kim Strobel InterviewQuotables

  • Even though the teachers do not have the reciprocal pay that they deserve and they certainly don’t get the pats on the back or the accolades, day after day they show up and do what is best for kids because they absolutely have a love for helping students learn to succeed in life.
  • Knowing how to have relationships with students, that is the X-factor.
  • A positive brain is 31% more productive than a brain that is at negative, neutral, or stressed.
  • We can boil water at 212 degrees so why would we try and boil it a 276? We are not really going to get much of an outcome.
  • Every human being has the ability to increase their happiness levels by up to 40%

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