LAKELAND, FLORIDA: Kimberly Brewer is no shy woman when it comes to inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals. As a Polk County native, Kimberly has grown up on the SUN ‘n FUN campus, where she has made significant contributions beginning at the young age of eleven. Now twenty years and almost a doctorate later, Kimberly is tenaciously serving the greater Polk County area in a role that is truly one of a kind.
As the Aerospace Center for Excellence Education Director, Kimberly is championing strategic initiatives set forth by newly appointed SUN ‘n FUN & ACE CEO Gene Conrad.
“Kimberly’s passion for aviation education is unrivaled and began when she was a child,” said Conrad. “After many years of watching her older brother attend our aviation summer camps, Kimberly began her own journey with our organization when she was eleven years old. Our programs drew out the curious leader within Kimberly and sparked a flame of leadership in her life. I can’t think of a better person to lead our educational programming, and I know Kimberly will drive our outreach and partnerships to new heights.”
Kimberly’s tenure with Polk County Public Schools has already proven successful in impacting the lives of students and teachers.
“Kimberly has a great understanding of the aerospace community as well as the Polk County Public Schools education system,” said PCPS Science and Social Studies Director Jeff Hancock. “Her ability to create meaningful connections throughout both industries is outstanding. I look forward to getting to observe the wonderful educational experience that Kimberly and her team are constructing at ACE for all students.”
ACE Executive Director Eric Crump, who will be leading the educational charge with Kimberly, shares his excitement.
“Kimberly is an experienced educator who loves STEM, but her contribution to ACE is so much more than that,” said Crump. “In many ways, Kimberly is a product of the great work that this organization has provided over many years. Her professional experience and strong belief in the mission of ACE is a remarkable opportunity for us. Kimberly is so much fun to work with because she is equally proficient at generating ideas and bringing them across the finish line. With a strong passion for teaching and aviation, Kimberly’s work stands out to make a tremendous difference in the lives of students and educators.”
Kimberly resides in Lakeland with her husband, LTJG Kennieth Brewer, NOAA Corps Pilot. Kimberly also serves as an adjunct professor at Florida Southern College, where she is simultaneously obtaining her doctorate in education.