“Being inducted into the CHHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is a great honor and privilege. For me, it means that values and morals have been instilled, a voice of advocacy inspired, and a movement for change effectively challenged. Cleveland Heights laid this foundation for me. This induction represents my commitment towards the continuous work required to impact positive change in our communities, whether through my writing or speaking. I will continue to represent our Tiger Nation with great pride.”
Kelly is a passionate educator who truly believes it is more important to lift up others than to lift up oneself. Her education and range of experiences have afforded her many opportunities to engage, motivate, inspire and impact teaching and learning around the country. Committed to helping students, teachers, and educational leaders define their greatness, Kelly’s workshops and trainings increase educator efficacy and classroom leadership by teaching research-based, practical strategies and applications that promote student learning that they can implement immediately, without dismissing anything that is already working in their classrooms. Kelly is firmly in sync with the late educator Rita Pierson, who widely advocated that “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like!” and “Every kid needs a champion.” Kelly believes that the research is clear – when students know you value them as human beings, not simply as another student, they will work for you more and challenge you less. She understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes, the only thing students have in common is their age! Therefore, the “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore. A co-author of three books, It Takes Money Honey!, Power of Kingdom Mindset, Volume 1, and A Second Helping of Gumbo for the Soul: More Liberating Stories and Memories to Inspire Females of Color, Kelly is currently is working to complete and publish her first book, Rebuilt, Not Broken: An Educator’s Journey to GREATNESS.
EdD, Teacher Leadership, Walden University
Certification, Elementary Education, John Carroll University
MA, Counseling and Human Services, John Carroll University
BS, Psychology, Virginia State University
Educational Consultant / Teacher