Kim Ellis

KimDEllisWho is Kim? 

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 level. She is currently director of curriculum and instruction for Waco ISD. Through aha! Process Kim provides training and consulting services for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Research-Based Strategies, Putting the Pieces Together, and 9 Systemic Processes. An experienced consultant and author, Kim has been with aha! Process since 1997.

Kim’s credentials 


  • Master of Education, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, Oklahoma Christian University of Arts and Science

Work history 

  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Waco ISD
  • Principal, Carver Middle School
  • Response to Intervention Supervisor, Waco ISD
  • Teacher, Muskogee Public Schools, Duncan Public Schools, Goose Creek CISD


  • Putting the Pieces Together, 2004
  • Cookin’ in the Classroom, 2007

Kim’s aha! moment 

My aha! moments have lasted 17 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, Texas. She presented the morning session for the whole group, then we broke into elementary and secondary after lunch. I was terrified! Each training since that time has had its own aha! moment.

Kim’s passions?

Kim is passionate about students’ success. In order for students to be successful, teachers must be successful. They need consistent processes and strategies that have been proven to be best practices. Seeing teachers celebrate the success of their students is priceless.

Kim’s best training 

My favorite moments during trainings are when veteran teachers approach you with tears in their eyes, asking why they’ve never before had this type of training in their careers.

What does Kim do for fun?

Family = fun! I enjoy any time spent with grandchildren, children, and other family. I also like the beach, reading, fishing, and sports of all kinds. I especially enjoy going to OU and Texans football games.

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.”

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