About Kim Strobel

The Happy Academy

My 9-month social-emotional wellness course and group coaching program that walks educators through the school year.

Get my step-by-step proven framework to help you manage stress, develop meaningful relationships, and create more joy in your life.


I’m just gonna call it like I see it.

You’ve poured your heart out to serve your students and school, but it’s come at a cost.

The mental and emotional toll is starting to pile up, and you often wonder how much longer you’ll be able to keep going at this pace before something falls apart. Because on top of trying to serve the endless learning needs of your students and meet a long list of expectations, you’re also trying to navigate:

  • Negativity from your colleagues (yep, I said it)
  • Frustration about decisions beyond your control
  • Uncertainty about whether or not you’ll get the support you desperately need
  • Bitterness over the challenging work conditions

And at the end of those long days, laying in your bed at night trying to fall asleep – feeling exhausted, depleted, and stressed, you start to wonder…

Am I doing enough?
Does what I’m doing even matter?
Am I really qualified for this job?

I want you to know that you’re not alone.

I’ve been in your shoes, and I meet teachers and school leaders just like you almost every day who are carrying that very same weight on their shoulders. The statistics about educator stress, work-life imbalance, and the negative effects on mental health and well-being are devastating.

But you don’t have to wait for systems, situations, or people to change before you start experiencing real change for yourself.

I’ve been an educator for over 22 years and studied happiness for almost just as long, and here’s what I’ve learned…

It’s 100% our responsibility to take control of our happiness in our own life.

Studies show that our thoughts, beliefs, and actions can increase our happiness by up to forty percent.

But it gets better.

When we learn to get our brains to positive, we are 31% more productive, 10 times more engaged in our job, 23% less stressed, and 3 times more creative.

Happiness Fuels Success

Research by Shawn Achor

Research by Shawn Achor

When we emphasize happiness in our schools and organizations, test scores go up, teacher retention increases, and the culture of our classrooms and workplaces thrive.

But it all starts with how we prioritize our own well-being.

It’s time to introduce simple habits in your life that help you… 

Feel confident to face any challenge

They’re not just going to disappear.  But instead of drowning in overwhelm, you’ll have the confidence and tools to overcome the stress and find solutions.

Find out what you’re capable of

Let go of the fear and discouragement that’s holding you back and rediscover your joy.

Focus on what matters - YOU!

Redirect your attention toward being the best version of yourself by prioritizing your own needs and devoting time and energy to what brings you joy and satisfaction in life. 

Let’s unlock the formula for happiness, so you can find fulfillment and joy in your personal and professional life. 

Are you ready to find out what that could look like for you?


The Happy Academy

My 10-month social-emotional wellness course and group coaching program that walks educators through the school year.


QJAYME D. KNOCHEL, Assistant Superintendent, Breckinridge County Schools

“The best way to support a positive climate and culture.”

“Purchasing The Happy Academy for our district was a big decision, but we felt employee wellbeing was a priority.

Having someone who is fun, enthusiastic, authentic, and able to promote the importance of our staff and students' social and emotional needs was the best way to support a positive climate and culture.”


“I am reaching my students in deeper and more genuine ways at school.”

“Before the Happy Academy, I felt like I had lost my passion for teaching, especially in a COVID world. Fast-forward 7 months and I have seen and felt a HUGE personal transformation brought about by Kim's videos, workbooks, and coaching calls. After implementing [these] strategies and concepts, I am not only more positive and present at home, but I am also reaching my students in deeper and more genuine ways at school. If this program can help you achieve positivity and resiliency during a global pandemic, what can't it do?!?"

Here’s what you'll find inside The Happy Academy ...

Module 1: Happiness Fuels Success

Lesson 1: Why Happiness Matters

Lesson 2: What Makes Us Happy 

Lesson 3: The Happiness Research

Module 2: Practicing Self-Care

Lesson 1: Practicing Self Care

Lesson 2: Know Your Value

Module 3: Curating Exceptional Relationships

Lesson 1: Curating Relationships

Lesson 2: Marriage and Partnerships

Lesson 3: Engaging in Quality Time

Lesson 4: Practicing the Love Languages

Module 4: Choosing Gratitude: Journey to Joy

Lesson 1: The Gratitude Research

Lesson 2: Shifting Negative Thoughts

Lesson 3: Implementing Gratitude Practice

Module 5: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Lesson 1: Anxiety and Your Brain

Lesson 2: The Practice of Meditation, Part 1

Lesson 3: The Practice of Meditation, Part 2

Module 6: Creating Healthy Habits

Lesson 1: Developing Healthy Habits

Lesson 2: Mindful Eating, Part 1

Lesson 3: Mindful Eating, Part 2

Lesson 4: An Environment for Success

Lesson 5: Healthy Habits as Self Care

Module 7: Shifting Your Inner Critic

Lesson 1: Release Your Perfectionism

 Lesson 2: Practicing Self Compassion 

Lesson 3: Shifting Your Inner Critic

Support Month

If you need to, use this month to catch-up.

Module 8: Mastering Your Mindset

Lesson 1: Inside the Mindsets

Lesson 2: The Power of Beliefs

Lesson 3: Thoughts, Emotions, & Behaviors

Lesson 4: The Hierarchy of Change

Lesson 5: How to Change Our Mindset

Module 9: Making the Big Leap

Lesson 1: The Upper Limit Problem

Lesson 2: Understanding the 4 Zones

Lesson 3: Breaking Through the 4 Barriers

Lesson 4: Be An Action Taker

Lesson 5: Find Your Courage

But wait, there’s more!

Check out these bonus materials I’ve included to give you extra support along the way.

Happy Academy Bonus Workbook
Implementation Workbook

It’s not enough to watch the videos, you must do the inner work yourself. Use this workbook throughout each of the modules to integrate these practices in your own life and plan how to take action on a consistent basis.

Admin Study Guide for Groups
Admin Study Guide for Groups

Integrate The Happy Academy with your staff development. Use this guide to facilitate discussions in staff meetings and PLCs with questions and topics provided in this guide for each module of the course.

Private Facebook Group

You won’t be doing this alone! You’ll have access to our private Facebook group where you’ll be able to ask questions, share your wins, and receive practical support throughout the course.

HA - Group Happy Hour
Happy Hour Coaching Calls

Join Kim once a month for Happy Hour coaching calls, when Kim will give you strategic and more customized support as you reflect on the monthly topics and implement the content. Past participants rave about this piece of the program because it energizes them and helps make them accountable!

Guided Meditations and Intention Setting

95% of our behavior comes from our subconscious beliefs, and meditations are one of the best ways to reconstruct beliefs that will be fruitful. So I’m providing you with meditations that I personally use to help nurture joy in my own life.

Certificate of Completion
Professional Development Certificate - 53 HOURS

Upon completion of this course, you’ll receive a certificate of 53 professional development hours.

Bonus Content Library

To provide you with even more support with some of the themes we’re tackling in this course, I’ve included training and resources from industry experts on the following topics.

Changing Your Mindset About Health, Fitness, and Nutrition with Jamila Hume

Jamila knows from experience how life’s daily challenges and stressors can alter one’s well-being. She’ll show you how to listen to your body’s many wisdoms, how to respond and react to what it’s telling you, and how making a few simple shifts to your nutrition, fitness, and mindset can help you chart the very best path for your life.

How to Get More of What Matters with Susan Hyatt

Susan is a dear friend, an accomplished author, AND a certified life and business coach. Her BARE process will help you upgrade your mental and physical health so you can live the life that you want. Susan wants to show you how you CAN accomplish whatever you put your mind to by shifting your mindset.

Living Bigger and Bolder as a Mom and a Woman with Sara Dean

Susan is a dear friend, an accomplished author, AND a certified life and business coach. Her BARE process will help you upgrade your mental and physical health so you can live the life that you want. Susan wants to show you how you CAN accomplish whatever you put your mind to by shifting your mindset.

How to Create a Business and Make Money with Rachel Rodgers

Rachel is a badass business coach. She’s also MY business coach, and she’s helped me reach new heights in my work. She’s helped everyone from bestselling authors to tech startups to coaches like me build their businesses. And she’ll show you how to create and run a business and make lots of damn money—all without sacrificing your time and sanity.

Relationships and Dating with Kira Sabin

Kira is a positive psychology practitioner and certified coach—and she’s all about having the BIG conversations about love and relationships. She’ll show you how to completely rethink the way you approach love, dating, and relationships.

Powerful Questions to Improve Your Marriage with Maggie Reyes

Maggie Reyes is a Life Coach and Marriage Mentor who helps couples build the most rewarding and loving relationships possible. She can show you the steps you need to take for a “luxury five-star resort” relationship that thrives. If you’re looking to create a lasting, loving, and nurturing relationship with your partner, Maggie is your go-to mentor.

And because social-emotional learning has just as much value for our students, we’ve also included our widely popular...

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for Students

Over 50 social-emotional ready-made lessons and activities to support student well-being. This curriculum includes…

Strobel Education Happy Academy
The Social-Emotional Video Library

Let Kim and her consultants virtually step into your classroom and deliver these lessons through the provided video library, or download the lesson plans and activities to teach them yourself.

Downloadable Mini-Lessons

Want to teach the lesson yourself? Each lesson plan follows the 4 Steps to An Effective Mini-Lesson format. Just download and follow the script or make it yours!

Downloadable Mini-Lessons
Student Handouts
Student Activities for Each Lesson

Each lesson has a reader’s response activity, graphic organizer, reflection questions, or journal prompt, so students can actually apply what we are teaching them.  

Let The Happy Academy be the catalyst that shifts the culture of your team, school, and district.

We know it can be challenging to find professional development that meets the compliance guidelines of your school budget and serves teachers well.

That’s why we work closely with administrators and school leaders to customize The Happy Academy to meet the unique needs of their staff as much as possible.

When you make employee social-emotional wellness a priority, you’re also investing in teacher productivity, creativity, and long-term results for all stakeholders involved.

Find out how your school and district can benefit from this program with our most affordable purchase plan for educators. 

Reasons why I know Happy Academy works and will create positive outcomes for you...

Served 17+ schools

5,000+ educators

92% success rate

MELISSA GILL, Assistant Principal

Having a focus on self-care for our teachers is making a huge difference in our culture and climate.

“Our corporation joined The Happy Academy, and it has been absolutely amazing! Our teachers love the monthly lessons that give them the motivation to keep going each day. Having a focus on self-care for our teachers is making a huge difference in our culture and climate. Each day, I start with 3 gratitudes, and this practice has made a difference with the start of my day. The Happy Academy is for anyone ready to take the next step in life! This can include health, fitness, changing your mindset and finding your purpose!”

VAL FRANCIS, 5th Grade Teacher

“The Happy Academy has been life-changing for me.”

“Taking the leap to join The Happy Academy has been life-changing for me. Spending money on my kids is easy, but I struggle to spend it on myself. I am so glad I decided to invest in myself because Kim’s program has changed me as a mother, wife, and teacher. I have learned that making my well-being a priority makes me a better "me" for myself and those I love. Kim has helped me realize that I am allowed to let my light shine and be happy with who I am."

You don’t have to settle for the endless cycle of stress and exhaustion.

When you join The Happy Academy, you get my A-Z blueprint to reclaim YOU!

  • The Happy Academy Video Library shows you 9 months of clear, actionable steps that will help you prioritize your well-being and reclaim YOU! (Valued at $1,997)
  • Implementation Workbook: Your guide to doing the inner work to reflect and reconnect to your truths and help you take aligned action. (Valued at $49)
  • The Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum: Over 50 social and emotional ready-made lessons on-demand, all at your disposal. (Valued at $597)
  • Admin Study Guide for Groups to facilitate discussions in staff meetings and PLC’s. (Valued at $20)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Group where you’ll get consistent encouragement, accountability, and LIFETIME ACCESS to replays of the Happy Hour Coaching Calls. (Valued at $97)
  • Monthly Happy Hour Group Coaching Calls where I will strategically coach you on that month's theme. (Valued at $2,597)
  • BONUS Content Library: Special bonus video lessons from some of the industry experts on personal development topics relevant to you. (Valued at $497)
  • Guided Meditations and Intention Setting Audio Library: You can listen to these anytime to work on your subconscious beliefs. (Valued at $47)

Total value: $5,901


Ready to join us in The Happy Academy?

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The Kim Strobel Guarantee

After serving 17 schools and more than 5,000 educators in this program last year with a 92% success rate, I know this program works and will create positive outcomes for you as long as you put in the time and effort to implement the strategies. But if the program isn't working for you, email me by Sept. 10th, and I’ll refund your entire payment in full.

Kim Strobel Happy Academy

If it worked for me, I know it can do the same for you. 

Hi, I’m Kim Strobel.

For over 20 years, I've been a teacher, top-tier leadership consultant, nationally-recognized speaker, and happiness coach. I’ve dedicated my life to learning about the power of happiness and sharing the research, tools, and strategies I’ve learned with teachers, school leaders, and organizations. But my life hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows.

I’ve had many challenges and adversities.

Years ago, before I had the tools and strategies that I’m sharing with you today, I lived my life in fear and shame. One day, as I experienced a panic attack, curled up in a ball on the floor of my burgundy and forest green bathroom, I decided that something had to change.

That’s when I started taking action one daring day at a time to…

Prioritize my health and wellness with small daily decisions

Get the help I needed from doctors, therapists, and professionals.

Practice mindfulness to nurture the thoughts and beliefs that would get my brain to positive.

I continue to do these things each and every day to be the best version of myself and step into the fullness of who I’m meant to be. Life’s given us all our own challenges and hardships. But there’s power that lies in our decision to see the possibility and potential within ourselves to overcome them. Teaching is a noble and sacred profession. But if it’s eating you alive, then something has to change. I believe that when we bring happiness and wellness to the forefront, we have the ability to change our outcomes.

But it all starts with you taking the first step to dare to do things differently. Let’s get started together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an administrator with questions about the staff package? Skip to the Administrator FAQ’s section below.

What if I start the program and find I just don’t have the time to keep up with it? Can I stop, and pick it back up later?

I hear you! Many of the educators who participate in this program struggle to create time  to prioritize themselves. This is why we’ve designed the program to have a structure with themes from month to month, accountability, and support to help you make the time for investing in yourself.

As a principle, we don’t believe in “I don’t have time.” 

We know life can take a turn that legitimately causes you to take a “time out” and we can, and will respect that. However, out of the hundreds of clients we’ve served to date, very few have actually opted to take a time out before completing the work.  We are here to hold you accountable and support you as you stretch yourself to achieve your goal.

What if I try the program, and it just isn’t right for me, or I don’t meet my goal? Will my money be refunded?

Short answer: there are no refunds for The Happy Academy after Sept. 10th. Here’s why…  We believe in our framework and the valuable tools and resources we provide in this course. Plus, it’s been tested with over 2000 educators and has helped them achieve tremendous results. We know it works.

However, your success is dependent on the level of commitment and intention you put into this program. If you show up and stick with it, results will follow.

How long is the program?

This is a 10-month journey together. Or in other words, it’s 10 months that can wildly improve the next 30 years of your life. But one month (March) is a support month when you have time to breathe, catch up, or just take a break!

What’s the format of the course?

Great question.

This program is a blend of…

  • Weekly Video Teachings you can watch at your own pace (there are 4 or 5 videos per module) and an Implementation Workbook that helps you process the material & do some self-reflection. 
  • Monthly Zoom Meetings, where you’ll join me live for our Happy Hour Coaching Call to discuss the theme for the month and dive deeper into any questions you may have. You’ll also have access to the replay of our calls in the private Facebook group if you’re unable to attend live.
  • Bonus Lessons from a group of hand-picked expert coaches for you to learn from at your own pace.
  • Guided Meditations with playlists & inspiration to help you intentionally construct your thoughts and beliefs.
  • A Private Facebook Group to ask questions, watch the coaching call replays, and get support in between our coaching calls.

You’re equipped with support from every single angle as we all cheer you on.

How much time do I need each month to complete the course?

Overall, there are approximately 45 minutes worth of video lessons per month. It’s all been carefully created to erase any overwhelm, and guide you through in totally manageable bite-sized pieces.  The implementation workbook can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on your own pace.

Is it self-paced or guided?

Do you think I’d throw you into the deep end alone? Heck no! This is a course that’s led in real-time by me. Every month we’ll meet for the Happy Hour Coaching call and work through the modules together. I’ll make sure there’s enough time between lessons for you to practice the things we’ve learned, so you can start implementing them in your day-to-day life. 

I’m here for you every step of the way.

When will the Happy Hour Calls be scheduled? And what if I can’t make it?

No worries, we've got you. Each call will be recorded, and we will drop the link in the Private Facebook Group the next day.  And you can submit any questions ahead of time to make sure you get heard.

Am I selfish if I do this?

Not even a little bit. (I promise.) The research clearly shows when you have a coach, your success goes through the roof. We’re always spending money (think: soccer, baseball, art camp, fancy coffee, Netflix & Hulu). Why is it so much easier to drive around the $50,000 SUV, but not invest in changing your future? Because we’ve been conditioned to think we don’t deserve it.

News flash: YOU DESERVE THE WORLD. And you absolutely deserve the time & cash investment it takes to get the real results & transform the way you feel, work, and see the world.

What happens after I sign up?

Step 1: After you sign up, you’ll receive an email confirming your payment. We don't officially start until August 2nd, but you’ll have instant access to the first module of resources if you want to get started right away.  Be sure to download our coaching call calendar and lock in the day(s) and time(s) you will set aside to start the process.

Step 2: Honor your commitment to yourself and start the process.

  • Take some time every week to watch the assigned videos and complete the aligned section of the workbook.
  • Join our monthly coaching calls to participate in group discussions and ask questions (or set aside time to watch the replay later).
  • Plan the action steps you will take to start seeing results in yourself.

When you commit to each of these things, I promise you will start seeing the results almost immediately!

Step 3: Keep committing and engaging, and if you get stuck or need help jump into the FB Community where you can get support from me and others who will hold space to coach you through execution.

How long will I get coaching and support?

The program ends May 31st.  However, you will have lifetime access to the Private Facebook Community where you’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS to the replays of the Happy Hour Coaching Calls, and be surrounded by a community of like-minded teachers on the same journey.

Are there payment plans available?

Absolutely. You can select 1 payment of $1297 or 12 monthly payments of $149 (total price $1788). To find out about groups rates for your entire staff or district, contact us for a custom quote.

Is there a refund policy?

This program has worked for hundreds of students who have committed to the course and taken action steps along the way. If you do the same, I'm confident you will see your life shift in a massive way. But if you start the program, take action, and it still doesn’t feel like a good fit, send me an email by Sept. 10th, and I’ll refund your payment in full. No refunds will be provided after September 10th.

What happens after the program?

After the course wraps up in May, you will still have 24/7 access to the course materials and private Facebook group so you can stay connected (and accountable) with the many others who are doing this work, too.

Do you have another question that's not addressed here? 

Email us at [email protected]

Administrator FAQ’s

I don’t have a budget for this category of professional development. Do you have any suggestions for how I can provide this for my staff?

We’ve partnered with dozens of administrators to find creative ways for The Happy Academy to work inside of their current budget requirements and needs. If you’re not sure if The Happy Academy will comply with the topics and training that your budget will cover, we highly encourage you to reach out to Kim and we’ll collaborate with you to find a solution.

Can I view the progress of my teachers?

Unfortunately, no. However, we’ve structured this program with multiple touchpoints throughout the experience to provide as much accountability and support for your staff on our end as possible.

We also highly encourage school leaders to leverage our Admin Study Guide to learn how to integrate the topics of discussion into staff meetings and PLC’s. 

If a teacher doesn't enroll until after the program started, can they still participate?

Of course! When you purchase The Happy Academy for your entire school, new staff members can get access throughout the year. Although we highly encourage participation within the structure we provide, The Happy Academy is designed to accommodate flexibility as well.

Will you do a kick-off call with my school?

A kick-off call is a great way to launch The Happy Academy with your staff. I offer two keynote presentations that provide a fun, engaging, and energetic introduction to the topics we’ll cover in the Academy that I provide for schools at an additional cost. Ask me about “The Science of Happiness” and “Happiness Habits” keynotes when you request a quote for your staff.

How do I encourage my staff to participate?

We recommend integrating the Happy Academy within the conversations and spaces of your staff environment as much as possible. Culture affects our behavior, so provide lots of opportunities for teachers to interact with these topics during events and in places that affect culture (i.e. staff meetings, PLC’s, staff newsletters, teacher’s lounge displays, etc.).

What kind of follow-up do you do?

 We offer virtual coaching as a follow-up method for each of our professional development experiences. Virtual coaching is a completely customizable experience designed to meet the needs of your schedule and staff. Many schools book our virtual coaching to provide external support and accountability for staff members as they continue to implement the content.  

 Can we purchase for our school again next year?

You absolutely can! While we do cover similar topics every year, they are topics that require practice and revisiting, even for me! And our live coaching conversations will also vary year to year depending on the needs of the participants.

Do you have another question that's not addressed here? 

Email us at [email protected]

This program is a perfect fit if….

  • You’re a school leader, and you need something that will revitalize the culture and climate of your staff. If that’s you, connect with Kim to get a custom quote for your staff. 
  • You’re drowning in negativity and can’t seem to find a way to reframe the stress and worry that’s all around you.
  • You’re exhausted all the time and need a way to restore your energy and rekindle your joy.
  • You feel burned out as an educator, and you need help rediscovering your joy, so you can feel passionate about teaching again. 
  • You feel guilty about taking time for yourself instead of putting it toward your students, kids, or the many people who depend on you.
  • You want more for your life, but you’re not sure what that is and feel lost about how to step into your area of bigness.

We can choose to let our challenges define us, or we can decide to rise up and be the warrior in our lives. 

It’s time to take ownership of your joy and see what lies in store for you when you bring your happiness to the forefront.

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