Hi, I’m
Kim Strobel

Founder of Strobel Education, Motivational Speaker, Education Consultant, and Happiness Coach

I’m also a real-talk, no-fluff, truth-teller…. but I haven’t always been that way.

After suffering from panic attacks for most of my life, I decided that I would no longer be a victim in my own story.

I was tired of living in fear – wondering when the next episode would take over my body and awaiting the terror that would consume my mind. 

But I was also tired of feeling alone because I thought no one understood what I was going through.

Through the help of amazing doctors, medication, therapy, and the tools and research that helped me shift my thinking patterns, I started making conscious decisions every day to improve my well-being.

And it totally changed my life.

We’ve all suffered from something.

Stress. Anxiety. Burnout. Depression.

And sometimes suffering can cause us to feel shame.

Shame for feeling stuck. Shame for not knowing the explanation behind it all. Shame for not knowing what to do next.

But here’s what you need to know.

You have the ability to step into your power and unleash your happiness, one daring day at a time.

And you don’t have to do it alone.

My mission is to help teachers and school leaders take ownership of their own personal and professional wellness, so they can live happier lives and get the results they’re after.

It’s time to find out what that can look like for you.

Let Kim empower your staff with inspirational stories, research, and life-changing action steps.

Let Kim support your teachers as they implement professional learning.

Be the first to know when doors are open for The Happy Academy.

Take an online course at your own pace and earn PD hours.

Learn more about how Kim serves organizations and professionals outside of education.

About Kim Strobel

A little more about me.

Served over 500,000 educators through keynotes, courses, and workshops.

Partnered with dozens of organizations, including The United Nations Global Happiness Summit, The Google Education Summit, Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina Superintendent’s Conference, and The Stem (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Conference.

22 years in education as a former 4th-grade teacher, literacy coordinator, curriculum director, keynote speaker, and educational consultant.

Award Winning Speaker & Educator

Disney Teacher Award Nominee

Exemplifying the Meaning of Excellence and Humility Through Teaching Award

Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Award

Indiana Outstanding Educator

Featured in International Business Weekly

Featured in USA Today

Trusted by top organizations, schools, and businesses:

When I’m not speaking up on stages, training teachers, or coaching from behind my laptop…

I have a huge animal-loving heart. I’ve rescued over 140 dogs. Even though only three are permanent family members, looking after them gives me so much joy and purpose.

I’ve had a standing Friday lunch date with my 98-year-old grandmother for 22 years. I’ve learned so much from her, and I cherish every minute we spend together.

Every single morning I get out and run. I get about 40 miles per week. It keeps the energy flowing and the endorphins pumping!

I enjoy hiking and all things nature with my hubby, who I’ve been married to for 19 years. We have four kids and three grandkids, and they are just the cutest things on Earth!

Meet the Strobel Education Team

Our consultants are in the trenches with teachers, drawing from current classroom experience, and using the strategies we teach and the resources we provide in our workshops and courses.


Kim Strobel is an internationally-known motivational speaker for educators, school leaders, and organizations and travels the globe sharing the impact of happiness on well-being and student achievement.

She is the author of Teach Happy: Small Steps to Big Joy, which provides a clear path to reclaiming joy and happiness within and outside of the teaching profession.

As a former teacher and curriculum director, her goal is to inspire you by providing thought-provoking research, heartwarming stories, and simple action steps that get you life-changing results.

Because of her own challenges and adversities, Kim teaches others how to overcome their fears, discover their joy, activate their potential, and boldly pursue a life that feels good to them from the INSIDE-OUT.

MEET Kate Barrows

Kate Barrows is a Strobel Education consultant with extensive experience in a variety of diverse settings and roles.

She served in reading and English classrooms as a teacher and instructional leader for fifteen years and a library media specialist for four years. She recently completed the ESL endorsement program at University of Louisville and has presented at local, state, and national conferences about best practice in literacy for struggling adolescents.

She is active in many facets of education including curriculum and standards development, assessment writing, PBL, and Inquiry Design.

Specializing in at-risk populations, Kate brings both a sense of urgency and a great attitude to the table. Always rooting for the underdog, Kate isn’t afraid of a challenge.



Dr. Emma Gibbs is a professional development trainer as well as a classroom teacher who uses Trauma-Informed Practices to meet the needs of her students.

Dr. Gibbs has helped teachers and schools throughout the country learn about how to integrate and create Trauma-Informed cultures that place students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being at the forefront.

She works hard to support teachers so they can create optimal learning environments for their students.


Dr. Ennis is a Strobel Education consultant, a national board-certified teacher (ELA/YA), and a college English instructor.

A public school teacher for eight years before leaving the classroom to coach high school ELA teachers at the district level, Kristie is an intuitive and engaging presenter.

She’s well-versed on various topics—including data-driven decision-making, standards-based grading, genius hour, and growth mindset—and her ability to read a room helps her make magic during her teacher training.

How to Work with the Strobel Education Team

Choose from our wide variety of online workshops and participate in live training from wherever you live.

Let the Strobel Education Team equip your staff with data-driven teaching strategies and resources.

Purchase courses individually or request a quote for staff access.

Let the Strobel Education Team support your teachers as they implement professional learning.

Get in touch with Kim

Have a question about our programs or want a custom quote for your staff? Provide your information below and Kim or a member of her team will be in touch with you.