Dr. Kathy Koch

Celebrate Kids

Dr. Kathy Koch, PhD (pronounced “cook”)

Dr. Kathy is not only “Pro-Life,” she is “Pro-Abundant Life.”

With a passion for being an influence and for helping build strong and healthy families, Dr. Kathy writes (6 books and counting) and speaks (a lot and often) on a wide range of topics that are both timeless and current. Her humorous and easy-to-learn-from speaking style, foundational wisdom, and practical and relevant details leave her audiences empowered with strategies to navigate the challenges of raising and teaching children. She warmly speaks to young people and their adults with compassion and understanding, never shying away from tough topics in our current culture. Her messages are always beautifully woven with Biblical truth and hope.

Kathy has become a wildly popular speaker offering keynote presentations for conventions and pregnancy resource center banquets (raising big-bucks!); seminars for educators and students held at schools, churches, and conferences; and programs for parents at churches, schools, conventions, and youth and parent organizations.

She is a featured speaker for Care Net, Great Homeschool Conventions, Summit Ministries, Axis, and more. Her big-screen credit (one so far) is in Kirk Cameron’s 2018 movie Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World where Kathy was interviewed as the technology expert (without a script!). She is a popular guest on Focus on the Family Radio where her broadcasts were in the top ten shows in 2014, 2016, and 2019.

With audiences ranging in age from 10 to 100, Kathy has a unique gift of engaging, entertaining and teaching them all. She attributes much of her excellence to the three degrees she earned from Purdue University, including a PhD in reading and educational psychology. She also followed after her dad and brother by marching in the Purdue band. She taught second graders, coached middle schoolers, was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and finally a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991.

Dr. Kathy founded Celebrate Kids, Inc., in 1991 and Ignite the Family in 2018, with Suzanne and Lane Phillips.

Workshops from Dr. Kathy Koch (may vary by event location)

8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Child’s Intelligences

All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Each intelligence will be explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest strengths and what to do about it. The ways children are smart are also relevant to friendships, obedience, and spiritual growth. All the applications make this fun and important!

Resiliency Rescues: Helping Children Break Bad Habits

Do your children repeat unhealthy choices? Are they not changing their behaviors? Their mindset matters. How can we help them believe truth and change their mindset so their behaviors change? They need to develop resiliency – the choice and ability to make changes and to try something new. Learn how to create an environment that makes resiliency more likely.

Five to Thrive: Help Your Children Become Whole and Meet Their Core Needs

Children have five legitimate needs that drive their wants, choices, actions, and attitudes. (You have the same five needs.) When God meets their needs, children will be whole, emotionally well, content, and so much more. Learn how to parent so their needs are met in God and other healthy ways. You’ll be refreshed by Dr. Kathy’s practical problem-solving approach to problems your children may be having.

Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell Them

Are you frustrated because your children won’t change or don’t seem able to change in ways you want them to? Dr. Kathy will help you understand several subtle attitudes and habits that make change difficult so you can determine which ones are relevant and how to decrease their effects. Then learn strategies so you can embrace the definition of “change” as “exchange” and accurately and powerfully apply Scripture so permanent change is more likely.