Kimmie (Read) Fink is a veteran educator with 13 years of classroom experience. She currently holds a Washington State Professional Certificate in K-8 Elementary Education and K-12 Spanish Education. In 2014, she earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. From 2010-2011, she lived and worked as a volunteer teacher at the on-site school of a Honduran orphanage. Kimmie became a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist) in 2009. She was also named the Puget Sound Regional Teacher of the Year in 2009.
Issues of diversity, equity, and justice have always been central to Kimmie's work with children and families. As a classroom teacher, she also served as Site Level Office of Diversity Affairs Representative, REACH Lead Teacher, Indian Education Advocate, March Gladness Coordinator, On-Site Translator (Spanish), and Building Diversity Chair. In her role as chair of the Diversity Committee, she conducted home visits, organized schoolwide and community events, and led monthly trainings for staff.
Kimmie is currently a Certified National Facilitator, Consultant, and Expert Trainer for Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign. Her Welcoming Schools blog posts can be found on the HRC Facebook page. Kimmie also works part-time as an Identity Writer for the parenting site Romper, and her writing has been featured in Scary Mommy, BLUNTmoms, CafeMom, NextGen MilSpouse, and Sammiches and Psych Meds.