Kim Cook, RN CHES
Kim Cook is a registered nurse who delighted in caring for elementary school children, yet desired to work with older students as well. One day, on a whim, she googled “health education”. That afternoon, much to her husband’s bewilderment, she had enrolled at Northern Illinois University to begin her new destiny as a certified middle-and high-school health teacher. After hobnobbing for four years with remarkable educators and young adults also entering the field, she graduated with the satisfaction of a career well-chosen. Earning her LGBT certification and minoring in psychology, and earning her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification, she is well-rounded in her academic knowledge base. However, raising three really cool daughters has been an education that cannot be taught in the classroom.
She is also the Past-president of the Illinois School Health Association and a member of Zonta.
When Kim is not researching and writing about issues affecting adolescents, she enjoys many activities; reading and discussing books, working out and running, walking her sweet dogs, and dining and w(h)ining with friends. On a quest to discover the elusive endless summer (which has proven futile in Northern Illinois) she often travels to faraway lands with her husband to visit their daughters.