Kim Wahl joined the Rural Schools Collaborative as the GRAD Partnership Grant Director in June of 2022. Kim has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, leader, and learner in the field of education. She recently received her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Her doctorate work focused on sustainable systems, including systems thinking, equity, ecological and sustainability literacy, and arts-based research.
Prior to joining the Rural Schools Collaborative, Kim was an education specialist, a nonprofit education director, and an educator for learners of all ages. While living in the Pacific Northwest, she taught oceanography and biology at a rural high school. In the Midwest, she taught high school science as well as outdoor place-based education and transformative sustainability education for adult learners. For several years, Kim had the unique experience of teaching weekly outdoor place-based education lessons throughout the year for two rural school districts.
Kim seeks to apply concepts rooted in sustainability to life and to teaching-learning systems to support healthy communities. She promotes a growth-mindset and is continually inspired by her work and family. An entire family deeply connected with nature, it is not unusual to find herself and her family in the outdoors on some experiential adventure!