Kimberly Stewart Bearden

5th and 6th grade Language Arts
The Ron Clark Academy
Atlanta, Georgia
Total years as a classroom teacher: 28


The University of Georgia                   Bachelor of Science in Education                    1987


2007-present    5th to 8th  grade Language Arts, The Ron Clark Academy
2004-2007       6th to 8th grade Language Arts/ Social Studies, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy
1994-2004       6th and 7th grade Language Arts, Dodgen Middle School
1987-1994       6th grade Language Arts, Floyd Middle School


2016                The University of Georgia Outstanding Alumni Award
2015                The InfluenceHER Award
2014                LA Times Bestselling Author
2012                Making a Difference Award
2008                Leadership Atlanta Class of 2008
2000                Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist
2000                Disney Teacher Award
1999               Milken Educator Award


  • Mrs, Bearden says that, for her, teaching is like the air – it fills her, it sustains her, it fuels her; it gives her life.


  • Bearden strives to weave magic every day for her students, using what she calls the artistry of teaching, that which engages students and creates a love for learning. When she looks at her students, she doesn’t just see who they are. She believes in what they can become.



“Mrs. Bearden is one of a kind. When I see her, she lights up the entire room. She truly radiates sunshine! She is exactly what a teacher should be. She is an angel on earth to me, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how grateful I am that I was put in her path.”

Ahjanae Colson, former student


“All of Kim’s accolades are impressive, but what is truly impressive is Kim’s heart.  She is like a mother to every child – in fact, she is like a mother to our staff and parents.  She exudes love and spreads joy to all who meet her.”


Ron Clark, Principal