Owner, Education Consultant, and Motivational Speaker
Kim isn’t just the owner of Strobel Education. 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 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.
Gina is a lifelong learner, with a strong desire to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching with others. As an on-site trainer for Strobel Ed, she calls upon experience gained from 16 years in primary, intermediate, and multi-age classrooms. She wholeheartedly believes that all students can learn at high levels when placed in the right environment, and she works with teachers to make that happen. Gina has consulted with Dr. Robert Marzano, gathering research for her school’s restructuring to a Proficiency-Based Learning Model, and she was also an integral team member in her district’s transition to Standards-Based Grading.
At home, she’s a member of a pretty important team, too—one that includes her husband (and college sweetheart) and three kids. The outdoorsy group gets their fill of nature enjoying sports of all kinds and spending time on their boat with family and friends.
In her 17th year as an educator, Jennifer brings a wide array of experience to the table. She began her career journey as a special education teacher, spent a few years as a Title 1 director, and currently serves as Assistant Principal at Perry Central (Indiana) Elementary School. She is passionate about education and learning and brings that passion to her sessions with teachers. An optimist by nature, she looks for the best in students and teachers alike and strives to provide the individualized guidance and support they need.
Jennifer is the biological mother of four feisty and athletic boys who keep her on her toes (and keep her in the gym or on the field more often than not). She is also currently fostering two school-aged boys who have broadened and enlightened her professional and personal outlook. When she’s not on the job, Jennifer and her nature-loving family spend precious time together hiking, swimming, and kayaking.
Jamie entered the education world in 2002 and in the years since has taught primary and intermediate grades, as well as middle school. She’s also been an eLearning Coach, a High Ability Coordinator, a Title I Director, and a Media Specialist. She loves kids of all ages and from all backgrounds, and however she’s serving them, her goal is to meet them “where they are”—and take them as far as she possibly can! She seeks out students’ talents inside and outside the classroom and shows them how they can be a catalyst for success in their future endeavors.
Working with students and teachers is just one of her life’s passions—her other is the family she’s built with her husband, Robert. They and their three energetic boys have made a happy home on their family farm, and indulge in favorite pastimes like, swimming, gardening, cooking, and caring for their cattle.
Marketing and Operations
A marketing and operations pro, Danielle is Kim’s behind-the-scenes, right-hand woman, keeping a watchful eye on all of the moving parts of Strobel Education. She supports a talented team, pulling together the pieces that bring Kim’s programs to life and uphold her visions and values. And she plays a pretty important role at home, too, as a proud wife and mama to two awesome kiddos. When she needs a break from all the busy-ness, you’ll find her taking a time-out near the shores of New England or enjoying a cuddle with her kitten.
Darla, having honed her bookkeeping skills in the fast-paced worlds of financial planning and law, now brings her talents to Strobel Education. Organization and record-keeping are truly in her blood (give her a planner and some Post-It Notes, and she’s in heaven!), and she’s a vital part of ensuring efficiency in her new role. But even dynamos like Darla need a little downtime, so she recharges by joining her husband in taking care of their many pets, tending their large yard and garden, and spending time with their three grown children.
Karen, a wordsmith from way back, is responsible for all things editing, helping to ensure the Strobel Ed message gets across in a way that’s as inspiring as it is informative. When she’s not elbow-deep in copy, the homebody-at-heart is happiest hanging with her fiancé and two dogs at their log cabin in the country, trying out new recipes and working the Sunday crossword.