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The Starfish Story

Walking by the ocean’s edge ready to greet the new day, a man focused on a faint, far away motion. As the man approached, he saw a youth bending to sift through the debris left by the night’s tide, stopping now and then to pick up a starfish and heaving it back into the sea. He asked the youth the purpose of the effort. “The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back to the sea.”

As the youth explained, the man surveyed the vast expanse of beach. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth’s plan became clear and he said, “But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference.”

The youth paused briefly to consider the words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to the man he simply said, “I made a difference to that one.”

~Based on the story by Loren Eisley


Our Coaches

We want you to benefit from our work, just as students and colleagues benefit from yours. That is why all ECI coaches have an educational background, with training in Cognitive CoachingSM and life coaching techniques. Because the coaches at ECI are educators themselves, they understand what it takes to help clients meet the demands of an ever changing profession.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

Kimberly Rombardo, MS, CEC

Certified Empowerment Coach ~ Educator ~ Trainer

Founder of the Educator’s Coaching Institute

Kimberly (Kimm) Rombardo is a Certified Professional Empowerment Coach, educator and trainer with more than 10 years experience in the field of education. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, she is passionate about creating a working environment that supports individual strengths while meeting the visions and goals of the organization.

After having the opportunity to “coach” and support teachers through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program in the state of California, Kimm became intrigued with the unbiased process of supporting teachers in their learning. She attended the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching where she received her certification as an empowerment coach in 2003 and worked with clients in a life coaching capacity. In a quest to blend her skills as a life coach with her work as an educator’s coach, she attended extensive training at the Center for Cognitive CoachingSM which fueled her passion for making coaching available to all educators. From there, the vision for the Educators’ Coaching Institute was conceived.

Through her work as a consultant for a private educational company, Kimm honed her skills as a coach and trainer. She worked with districts in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania as a coach and trainer, assessing needs and implementing programs that are effective and meet the demands of an ever changing system.

Kimm enjoys working directly with teachers and administrators, both individually and as part of an organization. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students by supporting teachers and administrators in their quest to promote life-long learning.



**Information about our other coaches will be coming soon!**