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.
Kim also teaches sexual health to special education young adults. She provides an opportunity for these young people to discuss hygiene, healthy relationships, and sex in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
She is also the 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.