Kimmi Kurtz Lent ’91

Professional Achievement AWARD

Kimberly Kurtz Lent is a mother, not only to her son Brady, daughter Marin, and stepdaughter Gabby, but also to 315 high school students in West Philadelphia. That is how personally Kimberly takes her role as counselor at Paul Robeson High School for Human Services.

Kimberly’s 28 years in the School District of Philadelphia have brought much happiness and many tears. Her motherly connection to her students is what makes her career so successful and rewarding. Fostering a sense of personal empowerment and a dedication to career building among her students, under the leadership of her wonderful Principal, Mr. Richard Gordon IV, Kimberly notably helped develop Robeson high school’s “Build Your Own Brand” program to assist students in forging a personal pathway to success following graduation.

During her tenure at Robeson, which has a 100% minority student population and a 100% school poverty rate, Kimberly is credited with achieving a consistent 95% graduation rate (the district average is a 75% graduation rate) and developing a model College and Career Readiness Program. Included in this initiative is partnerships with University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center, Community College of Philadelphia, and Drexel University.

Kimberly, with assistance from stakeholders, is a 3-time Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund FAFSA Challenge Top 5 Award Winner. She is also one of 6 counselors in the School District of Philadelphia, who is a member of the committee that rewrote the School District of Philadelphia’s K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Plan. In 2014, Kimberly was the recipient of the Mayor’s Office Outstanding Educator Award for the City of Philadelphia.