Kim Bearden is the cofounder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator-training facility in Atlanta. More than 50,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim’s classroom and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promote success.

In 2016, Kim was honored at the White House for being inducted into to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the Disney American Teacher Award for Humanities and the Milken Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Education. She was chosen to receive the InfluencHer Award, the University of Georgia Outstanding Educator Award, and the Turknett Character Award for Servant Leadership. Women Works Media Group named her one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.

Over the past thirty-one years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school-board member, staff-development trainer, and middle-school principal. Kim’s first book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, made several bestseller lists. Her second book, Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done will be released in July of 2018.

Kim resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband Scotty and her three sons, Sisipho, Sabelo, and Phakamani. Her married daughter Madison lives close by.


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Delta Airlines

Atlanta, GA


Atlanta, GA


Atlanta, GA

Kenton City Schools

Kenton, OH

Florida Charter School Conference

Daytona Beach, FL


Bentonville, AK

The University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Tyler ISD

Tyler, TX

Botetourt County Schools

Fincastle, VA

Central Community School System

Baton Rouge, LA


Atlanta, GA


Atlanta, GA

Curriculum Associates

Columbus, OH

Cornerstone Elementary School

Sugar Land, TX


Atlanta, GA

J.E. Dunn

Atlanta, GA

Washington Community Foundation

Salem, IN

Occoquan Elementary School

Woodbridge, VA

Hemphill ISD

Hemphill, TX

Newport Independent Schools

Newport, KY

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Kennett #39 School District Kennett, MO
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Arkansas Public School Resource Center Hot Springs, AR
Mabank ISD Mabank, TX
Jostens Renaissance Education Scottsdale, AZ
Riverside County Office of Education Riverside, CA
Columbia County School District Lake City, FL
Mississippi Educational Computing Ass... Jackson, MS
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McHenry School District 15 McHenry, IL
Curriculum Associates Chapel Hill, NC
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Adams County Ohio Valley Schools West Union, OH
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Georgia Association of Gifted ChildrenÊ Athens, GA
Association of Christian Schools Inte... Roseville, CA
Association of California School Admi... San Diego, CA
Rock Creek Community Academy Sellersburg, IN
Virginia Educational Facility Planners Williamsburg, VA
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Northeast Education Services Cooperative Devils Lake, ND
Georgia City-County Management Associ... Pine Mountain, GA
Georgia PTA State Convention Athens, GA
Red Clay School District Wilmington, DE
Scottsbluff Public Schools Scottsbluff, NE
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Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools Columbus, OH
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North Carolina Association of Element... Concord, NC
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Kinder Ranch Elementary San Antonio, TX
Education Service Center, Region 2 Corpus Christi, TX
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Lamar CISD Rosenberg, TX
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls South Africa
CPS Education Summit Camden, NJ
Educator Excellence - Arizona Departm... Phoenix, AZ
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College Park Elementary Gautier, MS
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9th Annual Academic Speaker Series St. Louis, MO
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Orloff Central Education Agency Davie, FL
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Bascomb Elementary School Woodstock, GA
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All American Entertainment Honolulu, Hawaii
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Staff Development for Educators Atlanta, GA
SCATA - South Carolina Association of... Myrtle Beach, SC
ASSET (Association of Suffolk Supervi... Long Island, New York
WJCT Public Broadcasting Jacksonville, FL
ACCORD Corporation Cuba, NY
Galesburg CUSD205 Galesburg, IL
Garland ISD Garland, TX
Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Uni... Hershey, PA
Parlier Unified School District Parlier, CA
Paris Special School District South Paris, TN
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Pass Christian School District Pass Christian, MS
Newton County Public Schools Covington, GA
Nebraska State Reading Association Kearney, NE
Keller ISD Keller, TX
Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) Raleigh, NC
Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
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Reach Them To Teach Them Knoxville, TN
Region 10 ESC Richardson, TX
Pennsylvania Department of Education State College, PA
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Southern Regional Education Board Miami, FL
New Century International Education a... Guangdong and possible other Provinces, ChinaÊ
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Business Speakers Bureau Detroit, MI
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Averett University Danville, VA
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Texas State Organization of Delta Kap... Austin, TX
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Mississippi Association of Federal Ed... Jackson, MS
Georgia Educational Technology Confer... Atlanta, GA
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Foundations Incorporated Atlanta, GA
Calhoun County Board of Education Anniston, AL
Averett University Danville, VA
Dexter School District Dexter, MO
Kimberly Clark Corporation Atlanta, GA
Anderson University and Anderson Scho... Anderson, SC
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Advance Education, Inc. Champaign, IL
YTE Academy Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi Department of Education Biloxi, MS
Battelle for Kids Columbus, OH
Meredith College Raleigh, NC
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Commonweal Foundation Rockville, MD
Tucson Metro Chamber Tucson, AZ
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KASC - Kentucky Association of School... Louisville, Kentucky
Mayfield Junior School Pasadena, CA
National Dropout Prevention Network Clemson, SC
Gaston County Schools Cramerton, NC
Indiana Non-Public Education Association Indianapolis, IN
Jackson-Madison County School Systems Jackson, TN
Macon State College - School of Educa... Macon, GA
Education Service Center Region XV Del Rio, TX
Education Service Center Region XV Sonora, TX
Education Service Center Region XV San Angelo, TX
Omaha Public Schools Omaha, NE
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Virginia Department of Education Richmond, VA
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Barnum Schools Barnum, MN
Howard College Big Spring, TX
Jefferson Association of Public Schoo... Biloxi, MS
Mansfield ISD Mansfield, TX
National Dropout Prevention Network Orlando, FL
Charleston County School District Charleston, SC
Fredericksburg ISD Fredericksburg, TX
Smaller Learning Communities Consortium Honolulu, HI
Kaua'i High SchoolÊ Kaua'i, HI
Midland County ESA Midland, MI
Lafayette Parish School System Lafayette, LA
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School-Community Health Alliance of M... Redford, Michigan
John F Kennedy Catholic High School Warren, OH
Eastland Middle School Mt. Carroll, IL
Hardy County School Moorefield, WV
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Mt. Auburn International Academy Cincinnati, OH
Grundy County Department of Education Altamont, TN
Calloway County Early Childhood Regio... Lake Barkley State Park, Cadiz, KY
Missouri State Teachers Association St. Louis, MO
RESA 7 - GEAR UP Clarksburg, WV
Education Service Center Region XV Brownwood, TX
Cumberland County Schools Cumberland, NC
Region 14 Education Service Center Abilene, TX
Lafayette Parish School System Lafayette, LA
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, CO
Professional Learning Department Columbus, GA
Sapulpa Public Schools Sapulpa, OK
Chattahoochee Technical College Acworth, GA
Jefferson Parish Public Schools New Orleans, LA
National Title I Conference Washington, D.C.
Growing Leaders, Inc. Atlanta, GA
Beauregard Parish School Board DeRidder, LA
Burton School District Porterville, CA
Marshall County Board of Education Guntersville, ALÊ
Region 18 Education Service Center Midland, TX
Silver Consolidated School District Silver City, NM
NCA AdvancED Indianapolis, IN
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Louisiana Department of Education Baton Rouge, LA
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Skiatook Public Schools Skiatook, OK
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Virginia - SACS CASI*Ê Williamsburg, VA
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Allen Elementary Wichita, KS
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GEAR-UP North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Rio Vista Independent School District Rio Vista, TX
Bella Vista High School Sacramento, CA
McLean County Unit 5 Schools Normal, IL
Illinois Association of Title I Direc... Springfield, IL
ROE #3 Springfield, IL
The Ohio School Improvement Institute Columbus, OH
OK Department of Education Tulsa, OK
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Thinkgate, LLC Lake Lanier Islands, GA
Omaha Public Schools Omaha, NE
Mingo County BOE Williamson, WV
The School District of Newberry County Newberry, SC
Texarkana Arkansas School District Texarkana, AR
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La Porte ISD Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, TX
Professional Association of Georgia E... Macon, GA
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Osceola County Public School Osceola County, FL
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Samford Summer Institute for Teaching... Birmingham, AL
Kentucky Association of School Admini... Louisville, KY
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Cobb Education Consortium Marietta, GA
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College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
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