Dr. Kymm Ballard teaches at Campbell University and is the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Coordinator. Her work experiences in education, nonprofit and corporations provides her with the unique qualifications for her new business, Kymm Ballard Consulting™. She offers 25 years of experience and networking to provide technical assistance on ESSA, creating healthy schools/ WSSC, funding/grants, and policies in education, organizations and corporations. Dr. Ballard is most recognized by her passion for physical education. Her work on policy and legislation, most recently with ESSA, is driven by her desire to make a difference in this profession she loves, “Teaching”. Kymm currently sits on the SHAPE America Board of Directors as well as the RMC Health Board in Colorado. She previously spent nearly 9 years with SPARK in efforts to provide research based physical education to schools around the country and world. Kymm started her career teaching middle school then high school for nearly 10 years before taking on her role as the former Physical Education, Athletics and Sports Medicine Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
As a result of her hard work, Kymm was awarded with the National 2002 P. E. 4 Life Advocate of the Year award for her work both in North Carolina and in Washington, DC. Other recognizable awards include Kymm as North Carolina’s first and only teacher to receive both the Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Health Education Teacher of the Year Awards in the same year. Kymm has received the highest Honor Awards in North Carolina AAHPERD and in her national professional organizations. Among her most notable awards, Kymm was awarded the Channing Mann, National Administrator of the Year by her colleagues in National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, now SHAPE America). Moreover, at the same national conference, she was awarded the highest honor award of the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Si McNeely award. Kymm has additionally been presented with a lifetime membership to the NC PTA. Most recently she received the Russ Henke Distinguished Service Award from the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education.
Dr. Ballard graduated from Appalachian State with a BS and MS degree in Health and Physical Education (with a concentration in Sport Management). She received her Ed.D degree from UNC Greensboro. Her professional experiences include service for nearly 3 decades. Kymm’s direct service to children influences her work at the national level today.