Speaker, singer and junior high teacher speaks on ‘Livin’ the Dream’

Interview with West Junior High’s Kim Campbell about her keynote presentation for the Association of Middle Level Educators National Conference
December 11, 2014

You’re a talented public speaker - how did you get your start?

I got my start about 10 years ago as I dabbled in speaking for local organizations, state conferences and at Hopkins. About eight years ago I was asked by AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators) to be a part of their professional development cadre in which school districts around the county would call asking for consultants to speak at their schools.

Have you given a lot of speeches?

I’ve given hundreds of speeches across the country and in Canada as well. I love it very much. It is challenging, fun work that allows me to not only motivate and inspire other teachers, but also learn from other districts and teachers about what they are trying and finding success at doing. 

Looking ahead, do you have any public speaking engagements? 

I have several speeches planned this summer, as a matter of fact, my month of June and part of July is filling up very quickly. After the AMLE, keynote requests for my services has significantly increased.

What is one of your favorite things about being a middle school teacher? 

Oh my, there are so many, but my favorite part about being a middle school teacher is simply the fact that I get to laugh every single day. Middle school kids are funny and so unpredictable. Also, I love middle school kids because they truly are passionate, loving, young people that are just trying to find their place in the world. I feel lucky every day to be a middle school teacher and dean of students...every day is something new, something exciting, something rewarding. I'm livin' the dream!

Watch the keynote speech below. Kim Campbell at 18:00. 

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