Kimberly Brandon is an experienced teacher and administrator who began her work as an educational consultant in 2012, when she began working for the late Grant Wiggins as part of his team of consultants at Authentic Education. She continued her work with Authentic Education until 2018. In this role, she facilitated learning experiences to support teachers and administrators in designing and implementing understanding-focused curriculum as well as in identifying and designing authentic tasks that assess for understanding and transfer.
For Authentic Education, Kimberly led large-scale curriculum design projects with urban and suburban districts in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. She also provided long-term leadership training and coaching for administrators in Ohio and Missouri, and offered workshops on the elements of the Understanding by Design ® framework across the United States and around the world.
As an authorized UbD trainer, Kimberly continues to support schools and districts by remaining true to the principles learned from her mentor, Grant Wiggins. She designs professional development experiences tailored to each school and/or district's needs with a clear focus on desired outcomes. In 2019 she became a consulting associate with McTighe and Associates.
Kimberly has over 30 years of educational experience. Prior to her work as a consultant, Kimberly taught English at both the middle and high school levels and served as an assistant principal, and then principal, of a middle school in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.
Kimberly holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a M.A. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and an Ed.D. from Maryville University in St. Louis. She also holds teacher, principal, and superintendent certifications.
Kimberly lives in Pacific, MO, with her husband, Scott.