Kelli has served as the science Master Teacher for Apprentice Teaching since 2007. She observes all student teachers in the field and provides feedback for enhanced teaching strategies and skills. Kelli also co-teaches the weekly Apprentice Teaching seminar. Additionally, Kelli serves as the Induction Support Specialist for the UTeach Induction Program. She provides a variety of induction support services according to the needs of new teachers. These services may include classroom observations, school visits, resource delivery, lesson plan development, grant writing assistance, etc. Most recently, as part of the UTeach Professional Development Program, Kelli serves as the online professional development coordinator. She develops and delivers online and face-to-face professional development courses for educators.
Kelli was awarded the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2019.
Kelli has fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. During that time, Kelli earned National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence Science. She received the National RadioShack Teacher Award in 2004, was a National GIFT Fellow (Growth Initiatives for Teachers) from Verizon in 2001, was named the Outstanding Young Educator for Kansas, and was a Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2001. She was USD #365 District Teacher of the Year in 2000 and nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2002.
Kelli received her B.S. in Biology Education in 1992 and a M.S. in Biology in 1998, both from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.
Kelli's hobbies are running and team roping with her family. "I knew I wanted to be a teacher as early as kindergarten. Not many people know that I was the valedictorian of my high school graduating class."
Favorite Quote: Actions speak louder than words.