Kelley is in her first year teaching fourth grade at Shamrock Springs Elementary and spent the past 11 years teaching first grade at Shamrock Springs Elementary.
Number of years teaching: 17
Background/schooling: Pike High School, Indianapolis; bachelor’s from Indiana University, Bloomington; and master’s from Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis.
Why did you become a teacher? I have always loved working with children and wanted to choose a career in which I felt I could make a positive difference in the lives of others.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to love learning, to challenge themselves, to dream big and to realize anything is possible in their futures.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to stay involved in their child’s progress – to celebrate their successes, to encourage when things are difficult and to model/share their love of reading. I also promote less “screen” time.
What is your favorite movie? “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Notebook.”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Dave Matthews Band
What’s something your students might not know about you? I have spent the night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.