185: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kim Lepre


Kim is a veteran educator of 17 years, currently a 7th-grade English teacher, Beginning Teacher Mentor, Educational Technology Specialist, and technology and standards-based coach throughout her district. She also has a Leading Edge Blended Learning certificate and is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator.

During her career, she’s taught band, choir, AVID, Study Skills, and all levels of English Language Arts (ELA), including special education, English Learners, accelerated, and students with disabilities with a co-teacher. She has a unique set of experiences that allow her to meet her students and teaching mentees where they’re at, illuminate their unique value to the world, and create strong and lasting relationships.

Kim says, “I absolutely LOVE teaching 7th grade as well as coaching new teachers. Both groups have needs that are unique to that time in their life. They’re dealing with crazy and overwhelming transitions and their future success greatly depends on the love and support they receive at that time.”

Empowered Educators Podcast: Interview with Kim LepreQuotables

  • Be introspective and look at what we are doing well
  • Use what you are good at in a positive way
  • Be quick to apologize
  • “How can I help you so that you can be your best?”
  • You can be teaching’s biggest cheerleader, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to make you a successful educator
  • Be self-reflective and have a burning desire to improve and learn for the sake of the kids
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Your life in the classroom is going to be vastly easier and enjoyable if you are a likable teacher who genuinely connects with their students
  • We have to stop making excuses for ourselves
  • Use your time off to reset

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.