Kimberly continued studying piano while a student at Chicago State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in secondary music education. She received her Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University and her Ed.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her studies, she was the recipient of a Spencer Foundation research grant in which she studied grant writing and other research topics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her dissertation is entitled, “We Need a Bigger Harvest: The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in General Music Education.
Kimberly has taught music education at Western Illinois University, at Chicago State University as an instructor of music, and adult music classes at Kennedy-King College for the Continuing Education department.
As an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, Kimberly received a research grant to explore culturally diverse students and how teachers instruct them. She presented her dissertation findings to the International Symposium of Music Education (ISME) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has also presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), an organization with over 15,000 major research contributors in disciplines such as education, sociology and psychology. Interested in the often fleeting trends of education, the resilience of its educators and the lack of respect for the profession, her goal is to provide an approach to personal development that promotes positive classroom teaching and learning while empowering educators.