About Me

Welcome to Vive le STEM!

My name is Kelly and this is my fourth year teaching fourth grade math, first in Texas and now in my new home in Washington, D.C.!  I have an undergraduate degree in sociology and comparative religion from Harvard and recently earned my Master's of Science in Elementary Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. I began my career in teaching at a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, where I taught 10th-12th grade English as a Foreign Language. After coming home to the U.S., I joined Teach For America and taught at a traditional public school in Dallas, Texas, for three years. I grew up in New England and am an East Coast girl at heart, though! This summer, I relocated to Washington, D.C. to teach in the nation's capital, where I am over-the-moon level excited to continue teaching fourth grade math.

I have only ever taught in Title I classrooms and I can't imagine anything better that I could wake up to do each and every day! I am passionate about urban education broadly and I work hard to design engaging, rigorous, and differentiated learning experiences for my incredible students, 98% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. Guided Math, Whole Brain Teaching, and developing number sense are staples in my instruction. I also love coaching my FIRST LEGO League Robotics team; what's cooler than watching your fourth graders design and build robots, learn to program, and give those suburban middle schoolers a run for their money on competition day? :)

I am engaged to an amazing middle school Latin teacher named Alex and we have a super cool betta fish named Archimedes. When I'm not teaching, thinking about teaching, reading about education or designing materials to share with other teachers, I love coffee, 305 workouts, bottomless mimosa brunches, and YA fiction!

Thank you for checking out my blog! I hope that it can be a useful resource for other upper elementary S.T.E.M. teachers and I look forward to growing as an educator and sharing the highs and lows with you along the way!

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