Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions and a regular presenter for Hearts at Home and other organizations. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She has authored six books including four published by Moody Publishers. Her two most recent are 8 Great Smarts and Screens and Teens.
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
“Celebrate Kids, Inc. is dedicated to helping parents, educators, and children of all ages meet their core needs of security, identity, belonging, purpose, and competence in healthy ways. Through a problem-solving framework of these integrated needs, our programs and products provide solution-focused strategies that improve their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health.”
We inspire parents to appreciate their children’s uniqueness. When they do, children will, too. They’ll grow up with healthy views of themselves rather than regret that they couldn’t dance better, kick a ball further, write more creatively, or whatever else their parents appeared discouraged by.
We equip teachers and parents to help children and teens to meet their core needs of security, identity, belonging, purpose, and competence in healthy ways. We help them become more trustworthy in their character, convinced of their value, discerning and secure in their relationships, sure of their purposes, and confident in their abilities. When this happens, they’re less likely to turn to or struggle with bullying, apathy, cheating, drugs, sex before marriage, eating disorders, depression, and other issues that are far-too-common in our culture.
We offer hope because many parents, teachers, and youth are discouraged and overwhelmed. Through our teaching and products, people find hope for their circumstances rather than guilt or shame over what they have or haven’t done.
We provide solutions that work. We’re committed to being solution-focused rather than problem-based. We’re passionate about helping people identify what the problems really are so solutions will work.
Our proven solutions are effective because Dr. Kathy understands today’s problems and people’s common struggles and reads and studies to comprehend the most likely causes. She understands how issues impact children’s and adults’ intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health. Therefore, she knows how one change in attitude, action, or belief can affect much more than might be expected. Our solutions work because they are effectively connected to the real problems, practical, realistic, and thoroughly explained with passion that helps people understand why and how to do what Kathy recommends.