Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, and Ignite the Family, its conference ministry. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 29 countries through keynote messages, seminars, fundraising banquets, and other events. She is a featured speaker for the Teach Them Diligently Conventions, on the faculty of Summit Ministries, and a frequent presenter for Care Net, the Colson Center, Axis, and other organizations. She speaks regularly at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers.
Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Because of listeners’ reactions and feedback, her broadcasts made the top ten shows of the year on Focus on the Family in 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2020. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to interview in his 2018 movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World and she’s also an expert guest in his upcoming movie. She has authored six books, 5 of them with Moody Publishers: Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts, Start with the Heart, Five to Thrive and No More Perfect Kids (with Jill Savage).
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.