Kirsten Grimm is an Executive Leadership Coach at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), where she coaches district and site administrators on becoming system-thinking, adaptive leaders with a focus on equitable access, opportunities and results for all students. In addition, she designs and facilitates professional learning on equity and continuous improvement in two counties through a statewide grant, the California Equity Performance and Improvement Program: Improving the Educational Equity for African-Americans and English Learners.
Prior to this role, Kirsten served as the Director of Growth for a CMO in the Bay Area. She developed and implemented a strategic growth plan for school expansion. This included: grant-writing, facilities, charter petitions and approvals, student recruitment, coaching Year 0 principals, and designing an innovative academic model incorporating personalized, project-based learning and performance-based assessments. She was able to secure over $1M in start-up grants for the CMO's first middle school.
At her core, Kirsten is an educator passionate about serving students furthest from opportunity. She led a charter high school in Oakland, CA, comprised of 95% students of color and 75% Free and Reduced Lunch. Against all odds, her team transformed a failing school in four short years. Under her leadership, 100% of students were accepted to college, 79% of those students were accepted to a 4-year college, and 86% of those students persisted between freshman and sophomore year in college. The school was also named a California Gold Ribbon School. All this was accomplished through living out a belief of expecting excellence and loving and supporting each child to meet that bar. Kirsten hopes each educator her 4-year-old son encounters lives out this same belief.