Meet Dr. Kathy

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. Among other groups, she is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions and Hearts at Home. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to make appropriate changes, establish healthy relationships, and increase success in family, life, and school.

She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She is an author of six books including four published by Moody. Her newest two are 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences and Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.

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.

Dr. Kathy is appreciated for her practical, realistic, helpful, and insightful ideas about many topics.

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  1. Dear Dr. Koch,

    Every time I hear the phrase, “Technology is reshaping our children’s minds,” I hearken back to a prophetic short story I read nearly 40 years ago. It was called “Sharing Time” by the science fiction author and former teacher Zenna Henderson. The story was collected in the anthology, “Holding Wonder,” which was published in 1971. The book may very well be out of print, but if you can get your hands on a copy, I encourage you to read it. It’s a story that I would encourage every teacher and parent to read, because while fiction, it gives a graphic understanding the quantum difference that exists between children who have grown up with the internet and those of us born when television was still just black and white.

  2. Dear Dr. Koch,

    I am wondering what your view is on a specific area of technology and kids…video games such as Halo that are rated “M” for Mature (age 17 and older) players being played by kids younger than 17. I have a 10 year old son and it seems that 99% of other boys his age (and younger) are playing these shooting video games and I do not know if I should allow my son to do so. So far we have chosen not to allow it and to try to provide other games that are fun. The problem is that his friends seem to be addicted to these other games, such as Halo (some are even playing Call of Duty) and just want to play those. I told my son to just blame me and say his Mom doesn’t want him to play or my mom would kill me if she knew I was playing this. Unfortunately, he even got peer pressure from a friends’ dad when he said this one time. Evidentally, the other dad looked at my son like he had three eye balls when he said his mom didn’t want him to play this stuff. So I am looking for your view on this. Are these games detrimental to our sons young mind or should I lighten up and let him play? Please let me know. Thank you!

  3. Dr. Koch – I see you have a Ph.D in reading. My grandson Ryan, age 11, has trouble with reading and writing. Do you have any of your research, books, we could buy that will help us with Ryan. Thank you, Ken Koch

  4. Dr. Kathy,
    I listened to you on Chis Fabry live program last week and I was really impressed by your new book “8 Great Smarts”. I’ve been working with a high population of English Language Learners(ELL) students and parents as a School Counselor for over a decade. Is there a possibility that this book can be translated in other languages such Spanish, French and Haitian/Creole. Because the population that I work with could really benefit from your practical and great ideas.

  5. I say Amen to that. Thank you for sharing this challenging reminder. I am enjoying your devotional mini-messages. Thank you, Dr. Kathy.

  6. Dr Koch,

    I came across your work today through Focus on the Family and I have been browsing your site and love what God is doing through you for others. Anyway, one of your articles that I read is about taking initiatives. I would like to try that at home. I just have a few questions. I have an almost-five and an almost-two years old. I am trying to teach them to use their words rather than just noises or cries, and also to not be shy in asking for help, plus I don’t want to jump in and help them too soon – I want to allow them a chance to try and ask for help when they think they need help. Where do I draw the line in these and taking initiatives? This is not only me helping them, but also them helping each other and others.

    Thank you.

  7. Hello, Dr. Koch. Just wanted to drop a greeting. Many years ago, you proctored some kind of academic placement testing for me at Green Bay Christian School and made some recommendations to my parents and teachers. I still remember little moments of that testing, such as agonizing over selecting the picture which correctly illustrated a peninsula. (I remember you being patient and affirming, but without influencing my choice.) I majored in music education in college, taught music for several years, and eventually used many of the skills and knowledge in a corporate setting as a trainer. Now, I continue to use them as a homeschooling parent, teaching three dramatically different small learners and tutoring in a Classical Conversations group. I won’t go so far as to say that you had a direct influence on my choices to pursue the field of education, but I do recognize that people like you both directly and indirectly shaped my understanding and love of learning. Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences resonated deeply with me during my educational psychology classes, was a great asset in my approach to teaching both music students and adult trainees in a professional setting, and continues to influence my decision making as a homeschool parent. I look forward to reading your book!