WHO we are as TEACHERS and WHAT we represent MATTERS!
I believe in this WORK. I believe in this PROFESSION. I believe that WHAT we do and WHO we are MATTERS.
I believe teaching is a life calling and I want to help teachers remember WHY they were called to this very sacred, noble profession.
My ultimate goal is for teachers to leave my trainings feeling excited, empowered, and motivated to step back in their classrooms with COURAGE and CONFIDENCE.
For some people, trouble is a launching pad to greater things. Kim Strobel is one of those individuals. She knows what she means when she says that conquering fear and achieving greatness is possible.
Born in tiny Tell City, Indiana to a house painter father and a stay-at-home mother, Kim struggled through her childhood and teen years with panic attacks and crippling fear. In her junior year of high school, she was diagnosed with seizure disorders, and by her early twenties, full panic disorder. It appeared that she would be unable to achieve her dreams without a miracle of some kind. But she never gave up on the idea of getting better, and a combination of her relentless pursuit of joy and a sheer act of will produced a miracle that keeps on giving all these years down the road.
Once her fears began to subside, Kim laid out an ambitious plan to earn her college degree. She would begin work at 5:00 AM every day in a clerical job, and then at 1:00 PM she would leave for the University of Southern Indiana to attend classes toward a degree in Elementary Education. The long hours and hard work turned out to be worth it, and she credits her early struggles with shaping her outlook on the world.
“In a way, my panic attacks became the teachers in my life,”she says.“I learned that life is a gift and that we are all meant to experience joy, happiness, purpose, and meaning. I also learned what’s possible when you try hard enough. There is always a way.”
After teaching elementary school for seven years and absolutely loving it, she left to become an education consultant. The job required 80-hour weeks, but would be another intense learning period for her. During that time, she also earned her administrative degree and went on to become a curriculum director, which allowed her to stay in the trenches with teachers.
All of these experiences turned out to be great preparation for the launch of her own company, Strobel Education. The goal of the company and her work is singular:
"I feel like teachers, for the most part, are very discouraged, and I understand why they feel that way,” she says. “Many teachers walk into the classroom; and feel like they’ve lost. I want to help them remember why they were called to this very sacred profession in the first place."
She is uniquely gifted to be a strong encourager. She has spent her life conquering her own fears and challenging naysaying voices, internal and external. Along the way, she has become a teacher, a consultant, a speaker, an aspiring author, and a mission-minded person who has found her calling. She is grateful, even for the difficult trials and tribulations that have sometimes beset her.
The truth is, she never would have gotten here without them.
She lives in Tell City with her husband, Scott. They have four children and one grandbaby.
“Those who know fear can be the most fearless”
Did you know?
Kim is married to Scott, who works as a director of design & photography and is small business owner. They have four children.
Their oldest, Drew, is an attorney in Carmel; he and his teacher wife Susan, recently blessed them with their first grandchild, Charlie. Daughter Sidney is a teaching assistant at Fairlawn Elementary in Evansville. Another daughter, Clair, is a sophomore studying at Ivy Tech Bloomington. And their youngest, Spencer, is a freshman at Tell City High School.
Kim’s grandmother is a very important part of her life and perhaps the silent driving force behind her interest and motivation to study and spread happiness.
During a standing Friday lunch date for the past 15 years, Kim’s grandmother has taught her about living a life of deep spirituality, being grateful for life’s blessings, and remembering what is really important in life – LOVE. “She is the happiest, most content person I have ever known.” Kim has taken these lessons to heart and uses them in her work to help teachers find the joy in themselves and elicit it in others, to stretch beyond the commonplace in pursuit of higher purpose and meaning in education and in life. The gifts Kim has received from her close relationship with her grandmother are a big part of what drives her to help others learn to cultivate more happiness in their lives.
Kim’s family works to rescue their community’s forgotten animals.
Kim has great compassion for abandoned and neglected animals and feels called to give them a voice. When she encounters a stray, she cannot help but pull over to the side of the road and load the helpless animal in her car. She takes them to the vet, gets them well, and then reaches out to her community to find loving homes for them. In fact, Kim has become known as her hometown’s “Pet Rescue” person and receives calls sometimes weekly to intervene on behalf of these animals. Between her husband, son, and herself, they have rescued and found homes for 97 dogs and 15 cats—at last count. (Incidentally, you are looking at rescues #15 – Oscar, #33 – Shelly, and #8 – Sammy who became permanent family members.)
Kim is a devoted runner.
Naturally energetic, she finds running to be the perfect form of relaxation. “When my husband calls home from work, he can immediately tell from the speed of my end of the conversation if I’ve taken my run or not. And I often receive a request to ‘Please get your run in before I get home, girl!'” (She considers herself lucky to have married a man with a very laid-back personality.) Kim runs at least 30 miles per week and participates in a full marathon each spring and a half in the fall. In 2012, Kim completed the Boston Marathon. Sam, her oldest dog, was her running partner for 10 years before he had to be retired last spring.
In 2010, Kim was awarded a grant to study and explore the practice of meditation and learn how to integrate its benefits into the classroom.
Kim is a recipient of the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant, a grant awarded to educators in Indiana who endeavor to participate in a project or study that is intellectually revitalizing and personally renewing. She used her grant to travel to Sedona, Arizona and participate in a meditation retreat focused on mindfulness. After successfully implementing mindfulness in her own 4th grade classroom, she developed a long-term goal of bringing this practice into others’ classrooms and educating those who are interested in learning its benefits. Mindfulness is one of her foundational keys to happiness.