Kim has been involved in education since she started teaching. She trained and worked as a primary teacher working in early years settings (children of 3-8 years of age) for 11 years. Her two subject specialisms are mathematics and music. She has since worked in initial teacher education and at UCL Institute of Education since 1997. In 2011 she extended her teacher education work into international teacher education developing courses for international audiences. She now leads International Teacher Education at UCL Institute of Education.