Kim Campbell

Proud Middle School Teacher​



Kim Campbell crosses the continent energizing educational professionals as a dynamic presenter and self-proclaimed “Proud Middle School Teacher.” Building on the lessons learned and techniques developed as a middle level social studies teacher since 1991, Kim is in national demand as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant for the Association of Middle Level Educators, Staff Development for Educators, and the Jack Berckemeyer Consulting Group.


At home in her Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area school district, Kim augments her classroom role with a position as her school's Dean of Students. She has also served in various leadership and committee positions including team leader and a member of the Equity and Literacy Teams.


Kim is founder and coordinator of a highly-successful after-school program called Students on Academic Rise (S. O. A. R.) developed to address the achievement gap. Her first book, S. O. A. R:  A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap, is a manual for helping other school districts replicate this program that transports students to higher academic performance, self-awareness, self-esteem and individual responsibility.


Among her honors are 2004 semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, 2009 Fox one of nine “Top Teachers” of the year and the 2012 Coleen Yatckoske Minnesota Middle Level Educator of the Year.


Described by more than one observer as “a force of nature, “ what makes Kim run? “It's about building strong, positive relationships, having high expectations and creating lessons that are relevant, engaging and fun. I feel lucky every day to have chosen education as my lifelong career. There is no place I would rather be than to be working with middle school students.”


Kim is the co-author of SOAR: A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap, a guide for replicating the success of her revolutionary after-school program for disadvantaged students, and author of If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them. She is in the process of completing her third book.


After twenty-nine years of teaching, Kim says that she still loves it. Learn Kim's tips and techniques to look forward to every day as she translates theory into best practices with a trove of personal experience. Kim's direct and engaging style flavored with heart and humor make her a favorite with teachers, administrators and students alike.