Kathy Kurzman, MSc
Independent Educational Consultant Executive Function Coach
Kathy Kurzman, owner of Nothing But Possibilities, LLC, is an independent educational consultant (IEC) and executive function (EF) coach. Kathy holds an MSc, with Distinction in Education from the University of Southampton, UK; a certificate, with Distinction in College Counseling from UCLA; a certificate in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescence and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion: and a BS, with honors in Elementary Education, from the University of Texas at Austin. She continues to engage in learning opportunities to keep abreast of current research and trends, as well as to earn additional certifications. Kathy is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a member of the Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling.
I am passionate about learning and have spent my life engaged in education, personally and professionally. I began my career as an elementary classroom teacher. When I left the classroom to raise my three sons, I kept informed about educational issues and breakthroughs and stayed active within school settings as a volunteer.
My own sons became involved in extra-curricular pursuits, and I witnessed the positive impact that the strategies and skills that they were exposed to in settings outside of the classroom had on their academic, social, and emotional growth. I wanted to learn more and enrolled in graduate courses in creativity and talent development and shifted my focus to adolescents and emerging adults earning, a certificate in experiential education.
I understood how important the "right fit" academic environment is for social-emotional learning growth, developing passions, and honing lifelong learning skills from my time as Director of Admissions, of an Austin area K-8 school, I used this knowledge, as well as my knowledge of the many college campuses that I had visited throughout the years and helped my sons and their friends through the college application process.
It was also during this time that I parents of college students enlisted my help to work with students who were having difficulty keeping up with the academic pace of higher education. The students had not developed strong self-regulated learning skills and needed coaching to further develop and strengthen executive function skills. Working with these students inspired me to apply to graduate school, where I focused my learning and research on self-regulated learning and executive functions.
Moving across the world to study was exciting, yet challenging. Being back in the classroom as a full-time student, taking courses and writing a dissertation, within an unfamiliar educational system had its challenges, and at times, proved to be overwhelming. This impacted my ability to implement the strategies that I use to help with my ADHD. However, the upside is that I draw upon my recent experiences as a student in my work. I understand their challenges. I faced the stress and anxiety of struggling to easily follow the planned path to reach goals. Just like I coach my students to do, I learned and implemented new strategies to help me engage with the task, while frequently stopping to reflect and adjust my work plan at many points along the way.
I discovered my passion for guiding the development of the “how” in my students many years ago and am now able to better coach and develop those skills in the students I work with. In addition, the knowledge that I gained while earning my MSc has helped me dig deeper into the services and supports that universities offer to students, helping me to better identify right-fit learning environments for my students.
“Kathy is masterful at relating to all ages. She was able to help my college son see the value of calendaring his assignments and tests and mapping out his study plan accordingly, to allow enough time to complete everything without it being a fire drill. She instilled a process that resonated with him and to this day, he still leverages a desk calendar to map out his deliverables. Kathy also was a great sounding board for my son, encouraging him and helping him build confidence in his abilities. She was empathetic and supportive.
Additionally, Kathy is great at identifying strengths and developmental opportunities and working with students to help them improve. She is terrific and building a relationship with the parent and sharing information as needed. She partners well with parents to ensure the student receives the needed support from all angles.”
~Vicki, parent (ADHD/EF and Study Skills Coaching)