in addition to serving as Head of School, Dr. Kimmel is the Executive Director of the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD), College of Continuing Education, at The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kimmel has managed CECPD and its staff of approximately 40 employees since 2006. She has implemented large federal research projects and led change efforts across the state to promote school readiness. She has degrees in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Organizational Leadership.
Dr. Kimmel has authored professional journal articles focusing on teacher professional development, instructional coaching, and closing the achievement gaps in at-risk preschool children. Her most recent projects include the development of before Early Learning Quick Assessments (ELQA), web-based progress monitoring tools in math and literacy for teachers of 3- , 4-, and 5-year olds.
Dr. Kimmel is the founder of the Instructional Coaching Institute and the Literacy in Action online professional learning series. Additionally, she is a School Board member of the Carlton Landing Academy, the first rural charter school in Oklahoma. Among her areas of expertise are early childhood education,organizational leadership, professional learning for classroom teachers and higher education, instructional coaching, school readiness, and managing change. Dr. Kimmel, and her husband David, are members of Victory Family Church.