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The inspiring true story of how a group of inner city school kids taught their teacher how to overcome personal adversity and achieve success and happiness Kim Beardens message is one that should be heard by all Ron Clark. Crash Course chronicles the life lessons that Kim Bearden has learned during an award-winning career in education. From her challenges as a first-year teacher to her triumphs as the cofounder of the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, Kim shares how children can teach each of us the importance of building relationships, abandoning fear, discovering resilience, embracing ones unique gifts, and living with passion. Full of honesty, humor, heartbreak, and humanity, Kims experiences show how children can help any one of us find joy and meaning in both our personal and professional lives.

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Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is the cofounder, 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 50,000 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. In 2016, Kim was honored at the White House for being inducted into to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the Disney American Teacher Award for Humanities and the Milken Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Education. She was chosen to receive the InfluencHer Award, the University of Georgia Outstanding Educator Award, and the Turknett Character Award for Servant Leadership. Women Works Media Group named her one of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Women. Over the past thirty-one years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle school principal. Kim resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband Scotty and her three sons, Sisipho, Sabelo, and Phakamani. Her married daughter Madison lives close by.To learn more about Kim, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @kimbearden or visit her website at kimbearden.com.

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