Kim Bearden, Co-founder, Executive Director and Language Arts Teacher at the Ron Clark Academy
Keynote Speaker - Opening General Session
2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Kim Bearden is the co-founder, 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 80,000 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.
Kim Bearden’s keynote address is proudly sponsored by Teaching Channel.
In 2016, Kim was honored at the White House for being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Humanities Teacher, and the Milken Family Foundation selected her to receive the Award for Excellence in Education. She is the winner of the InfluencHer Award, the University of Georgia Outstanding Educator Award and the Turknett Character Award for Servant Leadership. Mercedes-Benz recognized her in their Greatness Lives Here campaign, and Women Works Media Group has named her one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Over the past 33 years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle-school principal. Kim is a bestselling author of two books.
Kim’s newest book, Fight Song: Six Steps to Passion, Power, Peace, and Purpose, was released in June of 2020.