Welcome to Mr. Kelley's 4th Grade
My name is Mr. Kelley and I am excited to be part of the Molly Stark 4th Grade team! More importantly, I am thrilled to be your learner's teacher! It's going to be a great year that's full of learning and new adventures, as well as continued diligence regarding COVID19. I know that our learners can rise to the challenge. I look forward to meeting everyone on the first day of school, but first, I want you to know a little about me.
I was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and am the oldest of two. I have a younger sister named Alisa. After graduating high school, I attended Slippery Rock University (PA), where I earned my bachelors degree in Foreign Languages, and then my masters degree in Counseling an Higher Education Administration. After leaving Slipper Rock, I spent the next twenty-five years working as a student affairs administrator and adjunct lecturer of leadership studies at four different colleges and universities in four different states (Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, and California).
In 2016, I decided to retire from higher education and move back to New England. I chose to continue teaching and working in education, but decided that I wanted to work with elementary-aged students. In the intervening four years, I've been working towards earning my masters degree in Elementary Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, and have held several teaching positions. Last summer, I received my Provisional teaching license, and began teaching full-time in Pittsfield, MA, serving as an English Learner (EL) teacher. I transitioned to Molly Stark in January of 2019 to assume the open fourth grade position. Since then, I've earned my Initial teaching license in Massachusetts and Level I teaching license in Vermont. It's been a wonderful journey and I can't wait to start this new school year with our new class.
I love to cook, travel, watch and collect movies, and participate in most types of art activities. I try to bring my passion, energy, and creativity into everything that I do, including teaching. I am enjoying creating our new learning environment this summer. We will continue to utilize IXL and Lexia Core5 as our Tier II instructional technology, and both Math (GoMath) and ELA (Reading Street) will include whole-class and small group instruction. New this year, I will be using the Epic! (reading) and Boom (task cards) Learning (math) systems for practice work. During distance learning, we will continue to use Google Classroom as our main learning management system, and Zoom as our teleconferencing software. Teaching will consist of both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (at the student's own pace) learning, as well as office hours when I will be available during the day for students and caregivers alike.
More information will be sent home about the coming year with your learner during the first few days of school. If you need anything in the meantime, please do not hesitate to email me. I will be using the ClassDojo app as a means of communication with you and your learners. The app is available at both the Apple Store and on Google Play. I have already set-up the ClassDojo classroom and all parents are either already connected, or an invitation to connect has been sent to the email you have on file with the school.