Kim Phillips-Knope

Senior Manager of Training Delivery & Design

Kim Phillips-Knope is the Senior Manager of Training Design and Delivery at the Weikart Center.  Her commitment to outstanding education began in high school when a talented group of English teachers inspired and challenged Kim, activating in her a felt understanding of the true power of teaching.  She has over twenty years of experience working with young people, as an educator in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, within community-based organizations, and as a soccer coach.  As a consultant for state and local governments, Kim has facilitated workshops for and collaborated with schools and organizations throughout the country, supporting their efforts to create exceptional learning environments for all young people, especially those with marginalized identities.  Her specialized approach engages participants in both heart and mind, generating a space where learners feel safe, yet challenged to tackle the complex issues they face.  She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with clients and continue living out her passion for designing and implementing exceptional educational opportunities that engage participants in transformational change.

Prior to joining the Weikart Center, Kim served as the Safe and Supportive Schools Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education.  In that role, she inspired, empowered, and equipped schools to provide equitable, meaningful, and high-quality educational experiences to LGBTQ students and their families.  Kim earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan.