Kim Strobel | Mindset Speaker; Author: Teach Happy: Small Steps to Big Joy; Happiness Coach; Google Summit Speaker; USA Today

Kim Strobel

Mindset Speaker; Author: Teach Happy: Small Steps to Big Joy; Happiness Coach; Google Summit Speaker; USA Today

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Kim Strobel

Kim Strobel is a renowned motivational speaker with a global reach, inspiring schools, businesses, and organizations to prioritize happiness and strive for greater fulfillment in life. With her powerful presence and expertise, Kim acts as an influencer, consultant, and author, transforming the way institutions focus on well-being. By teaching individuals how to reclaim happiness, ignite their passion, and lead with purpose, Kim’s refreshing “real talk” approach allows her to connect authentically with audiences worldwide.

Drawing on her extensive 25-year education career as a former teacher and curriculum director, Kim has collaborated with educators at all levels to introduce innovative and inspiring practices in the classroom. Her efforts have resulted in increased academic achievement and the creation of positive school-wide environments. Through thought-provoking research, heartfelt stories, and actionable steps, Kim aims to inspire individuals to achieve life-changing results.

Recognizing the impact of her work, esteemed entities such as Google, State Departments of Education, and various schools, organizations, and corporations consistently seek Kim’s guidance to enhance their overall culture and performance. As a consultant, she assists these organizations in cultivating happiness and well-being habits that facilitate mindshifts for tangible results.

When not captivating audiences on stage, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, son, extended family, and three rescue dogs. She is a dedicated runner, an avid book lover, and has been faithfully enjoying Friday lunch dates with her beloved 99-year-old grandmother for the past 23 years. As an animal rescuer, Kim has personally saved 187 dogs to date, demonstrating her compassion and commitment to making a positive impact.

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Featured Keynote Programs

The Science of Happiness

Ignite Your Spark & Unleash Your Potential

In this thought-provoking and compelling keynote, Kim shares how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive and step into our power.  When our happiness and well-being are at the forefront, employees are ten times more engaged, 31% more productive, and three times more creative.
Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children and inspiring a love for learning. Unfortunately, research shows that 40-50 percent of teachers will leave the profession within the first five years. Stress among teachers has reached unprecedented levels.

Teaching is an emotional practice, and teachers need support in strengthening their social and emotional skills to manage the stress that comes with teaching and stay in the profession for the long term.

Well-being” takes the stage front and center, and how we can create fulfilling lives while also working to improve performance in life and workplace success.
Kim unpacks the positive psychology science and research that pivots the crowd towards optimism. She asks, “Would you press a button to increase your happiness levels by 40% and your productivity levels by 31% while also having 300% more creativity on a Monday morning? When people respond, “Yes!” she explains how to achieve this.

Her inspiring stories and practical tips for well-being leave the audience feeling inspired and full of hope for creating their own happiness within their profession and their personal lives.

When you reset your brain toward positive, you become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive in life—including your work life. 

Remembering Your Why

How to Reclaim Your Purpose and Ignite Your Passion

As someone who has experienced moments of powerlessness in my personal life, as well as in my career as an educator, I’m all too familiar with how easy it is to feel helpless. Teachers, in general, are struggling right now. Educators feel they are working in a time of chaos; they are over-worked, overwhelmed, and over-stressed.

Some have lost a lot of their joy.

And what concerns me most is the toll these feelings are taking on them and how it’s affecting their lives, their classrooms, and their students.

But I believe that sometimes it’s out of chaos that solutions cry out. Teachers need to be reminded of their “why” to experience professional growth in education—and they need tools to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of this profession.

During this keynote, I share the story of a very special student who had a profound impact on my life. Teachers are moved to tears when they hear about this student who faced challenges not just in the classroom, but also at home. I share this story because it drives home how truly important it is for teachers to remember and embrace their “why”—because this student taught me a lot about my own reasons for teaching.

I’m determined to help teachers rediscover their passion for teaching, but more than anything, I want them to reclaim their lives and stand proud on this path they have chosen. I want to empower them, because they are the ones who step in our classrooms 180 days a year and hold great influence on our children.

What they do matters greatly, and the fact that they feel called to teach … well, this is truly a service of the heart

Radical Wellness
The Self-Care Nobody's Talking About

Self-care is an overused phrase that doesn't get to the heart of what educators are facing each day. They are told to practice "self-care" when they are already drowning in a sea of mental and physical fatigue and exhaustion. It’s time to replace the phrase "self-care" with Radical Wellness.

It's radical because it's uncomfortable and messy, and it requires us to examine our lives from the inside out, including taking a step back and making some much-needed moves in our lives. It is not a random, long-overdue pampering with a facial or a walk in the park.

It is restructuring our lives with the understanding that not only do we deserve to feel good physically and emotionally, but also that those around us – our co-workers, our families, our colleagues – need us to be the best versions of ourselves.

When I talk about radical wellness, I’m talking about the thoughts and beliefs we act on daily - sometimes without even knowing they are operating in the background of our minds.

The Science of Growth Mindset
Change Your Thoughts to Increase Your Success

Boosting Motivation and Achievement

Everyone knows that not all change is good or even necessary. But in a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better.” –Kenneth H. Blanchard"

Life is always going to be full of hardships, adversities, drama, and disruptions. Roadblocks and tough times are inevitable. How will you respond?  Your mindset has everything to do with this.

When we can learn how to pivot, persist, and adapt rather than crack, crumble, and give up.  We can learn to see stress as a challenge and create new opportunities within our schools, businesses, and organizations where our beliefs become the very center of what we know is possible. 

According to mindset psychology researcher Carol Dweck, “A growth mindset is the understanding that we can develop our abilities and intelligence.” Research has shown that our implicit beliefs about our abilities intelligence can greatly impact our achievement in all areas of our life.

A person’s mindset (student, employee, etc.) and the mindset of those around you will have a significant impact on your life.

In this keynote, Kim discusses how a person's intelligence has a significant impact on their motivation, effort, and approach to challenges. Those who believe their abilities are changeable are more likely to embrace challenges and persist despite failure. 

We all need reminding of the value of productive struggle and feeling safe taking risks to learn something new. We all want our children, students, and employees to have confidence and feel like they can positively impact their community. We want them to believe they have the power to make our world a better place.

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Featured Books

Teach Happy: Small Steps to Big Joyby Kim Strobel

Teach Happy: Small Steps to Big Joy

by Kim Strobel

At a time of pressing teacher shortages, impossible educational standards, and unprecedented career burnout, Kim Strobel is just the guide that educators need for finding a path back to emotional and professional fulfillment.

Building upon decades of evidence-based research, Teach Happy brings positive psychology to the classroom by empowering educators with “happiness habits”: approachable, actionable, everyday steps towards emotional health.

Equally rigorous and relatable, Teach Happy grounds cutting-edge concepts in the author’s firsthand experiences as an educator and happiness coach.

Positive, but never preachy, Strobel’s insights will help readers build emotional authenticity and integrity—in and out of the classroom.

Be Great: Five Principles to Improve School Culture from the Inside Outby Kim Strobel

Be Great: Five Principles to Improve School Culture from the Inside Out

by Kim Strobel
Because of a Teacher: Stories of the Past to Inspire the Future of Educationby Kim Strobel

Because of a Teacher: Stories of the Past to Inspire the Future of Education

by Kim Strobel

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Featured Articles & Resources

A Most-Appropriate Teacher Appreciation Week Celebration

How to Prepare for the Presents and the Praise What a great time of year. You can see the light at the end of the school year tunnel. Your students are about as close to perfect...
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4 Ways Teachers Can Be Out the Door By 4:00

Why Leaving School ON TIME is Vital for Your Sanity Leave school by 4:00? I'm sure you read the title of this blog post and immediately thought, "Kim is crazy!" (Well, yes I...
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People Throw Rocks at Things that Shine

How to Deal with the 'Haters' at Your School "People throw rocks at things that shine." This quote from Taylor Swift's song, "Ours," is one I love and one I carry pretty close...
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What's Your 'Minimum Effective Dose'?

How to Increase Your Happiness and Improve Your Effectiveness A teacher friend recently came to me upset after receiving her evaluation. Usually rated "highly effective," she'd...
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'Starbucks' Your Classroom

Why You Should Take a Fresh Look at Your Learning Space Every teacher strives to create a welcoming space for their students. A classroom environment that is not only conducive...
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Gratitude in Action

Seeing Visible Change Inside and Outside the Classroom So we know that gratitude is an important practice for both students and teachers. And that there are a lot of...
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