Kim Estes

Educator - Collaborator - Communicator - Leader



Kim Estes

24 Years of Experience in Education

Welcome to my site! I am a teacher and instructional technologist with over two decades of experience in education. I have proudly served in public education in Texas in several roles at the campus and district level. I have presented at the state, national, and international level. I am the proud wife of a retired Navy Chief, grateful mother to six wonderful children, and blessed Gigi to three beautiful grandchildren. Please tour my site to learn more

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Sam Houston State University

EdD - Instructional Systems Design and Technology

08.2019 - Present

I am currently a doctoral candidate enrolled in the Instructional Systems Design and Technology program through Sam Houston State University. I took one semester off to help my daughter with the arrival of her latest child and to take care of my mother when my father passed away from Covid-19 related illness in April of 2020. I am reenrolled and will rejoin the cohort in January 2021.

Lamar University

Master's Degree - Educational Technology Leadership

01.2009 - 12.2010

I graduated from Lamar University’s Educational Technology Leadership Masters’ program with a 4.0 GPA.

University of Phoenix

Master's Degree - Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Computer Education

08.2005 - 08.2007

I completed my Masters’ in Curriculum and Instruction in two years, completely online while working as a Learning Technologies Coach full time.

Jacksonville State University

Bachelor of Arts Degree - English with a Minor in Art History

08.1991 - 12.1993

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University after also attending classes at Shippensburg University and Florida State University (Panama Canal Campus). I travelled extensively with my family as my father was in the military.

Senior Instructional Designer

Tarrant County College - Connect Campus

06.2021 - Present

As Senior Instructional Designer for TCC-CN Campus, I manage a team of six who work to help our online faculty design inclusive, accessible courses that follow best practices in online learning, meet RSI standards, and maximize the tools in our Canvas LMS installation. I lead a district-level goals team, and serve on several campus and district-wide committees. I have revamped the Peer Developed Course process, manage the Online Instructor Certification course for the district, and collaborate with other departments throughout the college to meet campus and district goals.


Teacher (Classroom & Online)

Cleburne ISD

08.2019 - 06.2021

This is my second year at Cleburne High School and my first teaching students entirely remotely (due to Covid-19). I teach Eng 1, Eng 1 Pre-AP, and Eng 2 online using the Canvas LMS. Last year, I taught in the classroom and ran social media for the campus. I was named Cleburne HS Teacher of the Year and Cleburne ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2020.

Lead Learning Technologies Coach

Burleson ISD

05.2016 - 08.2019

As the Lead Learning Technologies Coach for Burleson ISD I was responsible for supervising, assigning, and evaluating a team of 4 Learning Technologies Coaches. I managed the purchasing and travel budget for the department and consulted on district-level spending on educational technology. I served on the Technology Leadership Team, helped earn and maintained the Google Reference District appellation, and was responsible for all educational technology professional development in the district.

Secondary Learning Technologies Coach

Burleson ISD

08.2006 - 05.2016

As the Secondary Learning Technologies Coach I handle the day-to-day requirements for educational technology integration for the district. I was responsible for the district Chromebook Pilot that lead to a district-wide rollout of Chromebooks grades 3-12. I was responsible for the BrightBytes and 8th Grade Technology Learning Assessment and the reporting of all data from those assessments. I was responsible for professional development district-wide. I earned over $300,000 in grants for the district, was awarded a downlink with the International Space Station, built and maintained the Learning Technologies website (including live chat help), and was 

Professional Skills
Google for Education Suite
Instructional Design
Educational Technology
Teaching & Leadership
Professional Development
Software Tools
Google Suite for Education Tools90
Canvas LMS70
Microsoft Office Tools (Office, Teams, Planner)75
Adobe Photoshop45
Nearpod, Flipgrid, Classcraft, etc.35
Social Media Tools35
Course Building Software (Rise, Articulate, etc.)40
Interpersonal Skills
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Work Ethic
Team Building
Awards & Recognition
  • 2019 – Burleson ISD Technology Leadership Team Member (5 Years)
  • 2018 – Kerr Middle School Support Staff of the Year
  • 2016 – REALM Gaming/Coding Secondary School Planning Team Member
  • 2015 – TCEA Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year
  • 2015 – Student Spaceflight Experiment Program Innovation Team Member
  • 2007 – Crossroads High School Support Staff of the Year
  • 2020 – ESC 11 Teacher of the Year Nominee – Essay Award Winner
  • 2020 – Cleburne ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • 2020 – Cleburne High School Teacher of the Year
  • 2005 – Alvarado High School Teacher of the Year
  • 2018 – XQ Grant Finalist
  • 2017 – TEA Technology Lending Program Grant ($100,000)
  • 2013 – Fuel Up to Play 60 and Dairy Max Grant ($60,000)
  • 2008 – NASA ISS Downlink Grant Recipient
  • Texas Computer Educators Association
  • Delta Kappa Gamma (International Society for Key Women Educators)
  •  2006 – Yellow Rose of Texas, conferred by Governor Rick Perry



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