Kimberlee Auerbach Berlin, BA
Kimberlee is an author, writing teacher and adolescent mentor. In 2007, Kimberlee started working for Bank Street College of Education’s Liberty LEADS program, designed to empower underrepresented youth by helping them attain higher education and embrace leadership in their communities. With an emphasis on developing cognitive and social skills for students in grades 5 through 12, the program offers a wide range of classes and resources. Kimberlee won “Teacher Of The Year” for her work with 7th and 8th grade girls. She ran a group called Sister Circle that focused on emotional expression and health, teaching the girls to advocate for themselves and to better their relationships with their families, teachers and peers. Kimberlee recently started working for College Prep 360, where she guides teenagers through the college essay process, and she is now part of the Adolescent Mentoring team, helping kids hone their writing and executive functioning skills. Kimberlee uses her intuition and excellent listening skills to devise a specific plan for each student so that h/s can reach h/h fullest potential. Kimberlee holds a BA in Social Science in the Arts from SUNY Purchase.
Kimberlee is also a three-time Moth StorySlam winner, freelance writer and writing coach. Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, Salon, The Frisky and Seleni. Her memoir, My Life in Tarot, adapted from her one-woman snhow, which played to sold-out houses
at The New York International Fringe Festival in 2005, was published in hardcover (Dutton 2007), paperback (NAL 2008), and is now available as an e-book for Kindle and other electronic devices.
For the past decade, Kimberlee has been teaching writing for continuing education programs such as Mediabistro, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, The Open Center and New York Writers Workshop. She also built a private practice, coaching clients all over the world on personal essays, manuscripts and book proposals.
Kimberlee is intuitive and tapped into people. When working with someone, she listens intently and is able to zero in on what that particular person needs. She is good at drawing out voices, personalities and interests. She helps individuals capture themselves on the page and be more of who they are in real life. She especially enjoys empowering students to become their best selves. Helping a person own who they are is one of Kimberlee’s greatest passions.
She lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband, two sons and a standard poodle named Gracie.