With a strong background in classical education, Kim is a highly regarded leader in Colorado’s educational environment. The co-founder of Ascent Classical Academies, she was the driving force behind the past decade of its incredible seat growth, and she has helped parents open schools in four Colorado communities. Passionate about education reform, Kim is an inspiring advocate for parents who desire greater variety in education options. Highly knowledgeable in her field, Kim has gained years of experience in propelling grassroots support, and she is a skilled liaison between charter authorizers, community organizers, and school leaders.
Kim Gilmartin was named as a 2023 Charter School Advocate of the Year Finalist by the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and was featured in the national documentary: Whose Children Are They? She has served on the Golden View Classical Board of Directors, and on the advisory board for the Leadership Program of the Rockies. She actively supports numerous Colorado parent advocacy groups, and in her free time, Kim enjoys piano, reading, and spending time with her family.