It was life changing!!! We all loved it and gained both practical classroom skills as well as a heavy dose of inspiration! Thank you for helping to bring Kim into our lives!
Chana Zauderer, YTE Academy
Kim was great and exactly who and what we needed to start the school year. Teachers, from the veterans to the rookies, found her extremely inspirational. She told great stories and gave teachers tons of practical, fun and engaging ideas to use in the classroom. Everyone loved her! I have been a part of many inservice training sessions at many different types of schools, and I don't think I've ever seen a speaker get so many consistently rave reviews and seem to resonate with all different members of the teaching staff.
Laura Kennedy - School Director, Mayfield Junior School
"Kim Bearden did an outstanding job for us. Several of our HS teachers remarked that this is the best teacher they have ever heard speak. She did a great job keeping the teachers actively involved. She taught us many things ---- about how to make learning fun and motivating for students. Also, her message about how teachers should 'think' (Top Ten Things) was outstanding."
Joni Burgin, Superintendent, Grantsburg School District
"Kim Stewart is clearly the best speaker I have ever heard at any conference I have attended. Her speech was clever, witty, humorous and exactly what all of the teachers in attendance needed to hear. Her message about the importance of creativity in the classroom and how to make a difference in the lives of all children was both moving and informative. It makes me feel good to know that the education profession would choose Kim as a representative of all teachers. She is a professional who understands the ins and outs of being a teacher, and her message is one that should be heard by all."
Ron Clark, 2001 Disney American Teacher of the Year
"If we are lucky, each of us, during our educational endeavors, hopes to encounter that one teacher who helps us make sense of it all. A teacher with whom we can truly connect and enjoy the educational experience just for learning's sake. And if we are really lucky, this same educator may touch the soul of her students in a way that encourages her students to become a better human being. Kim Stewart is this teacher."
Stephanie Hill, Parent of One of Kim's Students
"Kim Stewart was just what we needed for those "winter doldrums" we all go through in February. She involved the audience, made us laugh and think, and left teachers with creative ideas they could use immediately. One of our principals overheard some teachers talking as they left the auditorium about specific ways they could apply Kim's ideas in their own classrooms."
Marsha Turner-Shear, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Spencer-Owen Community Schools
"All verbal feedback has been extremely positive. I wanted to wait until evaluation data was compiled to give you a final evaluation; however, to put it bluntly, I think we more than got our money's worth. She was very well received by our teacher audience. Thank you for helping us to get her as a speaker. She was perfect for us!"
Linda S. Gibson, Claiborne County Schools
I want to thank you again for your presentation "How to have a Creative Classroom and Still Score High on Standardized Tests". The information you presented was informative, resourceful and applicable to the instructional needs of our students.
Michele Blair, Assistant Superintendent, Flushing Community Schools
It was fabulous!!!!! Everyone said that having Ron and then Kim was the best year ever. Kim also conducting a breakout session for middle and high school language arts teachers that was terrific. It was all both entertaining and informative. Thanks for your help. I will definitely be seeking your help for next year.
Sharon Lessley, Marshall County Board of Education
...I truly enjoyed Ms. Bearden’s motivational talk that she gave to our school staff. It is the best money that they’ve ever spent and well worth every penny. I have a better attitude myself about the new school year and hope to keep the enthusiasm she brought to us with me throughout the year. You have a “Jewel” in Ms. Bearden and we appreciate you sharing a piece of her with us.
Regina Mazyck - 35 year educator, DeRidder Jr. High School
Kim did a great job for our teachers and administrators. She is an incredible talent. Her high energy was contagious. We plan to send teams of teachers to Atlanta to see Ron and Kim in action.
Mick Martin, Director of Schools, Campbell County
"We were all blown away by Kim’s presentation, presence and passion. It was as exciting as it was memorable. Kim is a true star!"
Elise Langan, Macon State College - School of Education
Kim was everything we had hoped she would be - engaging, inspiring, and she also shared some very practical ideas. The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.
Julie Schrock, Meredith College
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