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Kim Ellis, Ed.M. of Texas has been a professional educator since 1978. She has served in a number of critical teaching and program leadership roles at the elementary and middle school levels. Through aha! Process, Kim provides training and consulting services for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Research-Based Strategies, Putting the Pieces Together, and Emotional Poverty. An experienced consultant and author, Kim has been with aha! Process since 1997.

Kim’s credentials


  • School Administration, University of Texas Arlington
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, Oklahoma Christian University of Arts and Science

Work History:

  • Assistant Superintendent, Waco ISD
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Waco ISD
  • Principal, Carver Middle School, Waco ISD
  • Director, Homeless Outreach Services, Waco ISD
  • Supervisor, Response to Intervention, Waco ISD
  • Teacher


Putting the Pieces Together, 2004

Cookin’ In the Classroom, 2007

Kim’s aha! moment

My aha! moments have lasted 21 years. I began working with Ruby while she was an administrator for Goose Creek CISD. I presented with her for the first time in Coldspring, TX. She presented the morning session for the whole group, then we broke into elementary and secondary after lunch. I was terrified! I found that the fear subsided the minute I began to share the information about this important work! It is a part of who I am and what I do each day with children at school. Each training since then has had its own aha! moment.

Kim’s best training

My favorite trainings are when veteran teachers come to me with tears in their eyes and hugs, asking why they have never before had this type of training in their careers.

What does Kim do for fun?

Family = Fun! I enjoy any activity that involves time spent with the grandchildren, children, and family. I also like the beach, concerts, and sports of all kinds, especially watching the grandchildren play.

What are people saying about Kim?

“You have helped me understand the students I long to help succeed. Thank you!”

“Excellent presentation! This was the best in-service I have attended in my 23 years of teaching.”

“Thank you, Kim, for speaking from the heart. You truly have ‘been there, done that.’ It is not just words of philosophy but how to actually help our kids.”

“I love your presentation style. Your ability to share your teaching experiences and personal background that connect to the information is invaluable. The strategies were taught in a simple manner that will be easily transferred to my classroom. Excellent training!”

“You have a clear knowledge and understanding of the basic cognitive strategies needed to help our students become successful. Putting the Pieces Together gave me excellent ideas of how to reinforce the input strategies which will help my students be able to handle more rigorous curricula.”