I can honestly say that I love my job. I love teaching! But every year around the end of the year, I get less than motivated. I feel exhausted and over-worked.  THANKFULLY, my sweet friend Hope recommended I read a book called Crash Course: The Lessons My Students Taught Me.  See, Hope works at the Ron Clark Academy and she's kind of a big deal. ;)  But seriously!  I am so inspired by the work that Ron and Kim and Hope do, that I just HAD to read this book. 

Seriously, friends…it is a must read. I love what I do, but sometimes I need a kick in the you-know-what.  Whether you're feeling the same way I do, or you are just needing a little inspirational read...this book is for you! I read the whole book in only a few days.  I would have read it in one day, but my husband kept turning off my lamp at 2:00am. 

Kim shares many inspirational stories. She's had many ups and downs and I admire her positive outlook on both her personal life and teaching career. She's one of a kind. I promise that when you read this book, you will be nodding your head right along with each word on the page.  Everyone has their share of obstacles, but Kim shows us that it's possible to overcome and be the best teachers we can be!  How empowering!

So grab some tissues, and pick up your copy of the book right here! You will definitely not be disappointed! 

Kim Bearden is the co-founder and executive director at the Ron Clark Academy. Most importantly, she is also the language arts teacher. 

Kim has received numerous awards for her creative, dynamic, and rigorous teaching styles. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. Along with countless other awards, she was also chosen from among 7,000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County Georgia. 

Over the past twenty-three years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle school principal. 

For someone that has accomplished so much during her career, Kim is by far one of the most humble and down to earth educators. Her life hasn't been perfect, and I love that she is so transparent in her book as she shares her experiences as an educator. 

Instead of telling you, I will just show you! Here is a little clip that shows who and what the Ron Clark Academy is all about! The best part? You can actually come spend a day…or two…at the school! Be sure and follow the Ron Clark Academy on Facebook {HERE} to receive special updates and events! 

If you would like to visit RCA and participate in the RCA Educator Training Experience, visit the website {HERE} to register! It is truly a training unlike anything you have ever experienced before. During this training, you will get to meet the students of RCA and observe Ron Clark and Kim Bearden's unparalleled instruction in their 5th grade classrooms. You will also spend the day in classroom observations and workshops that will enhance your instruction in any grade level. And of course, you will end the visitation becoming "slide certified." 

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