Laura Ray Kelly is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Laura teaches early childhood special education at Valeska Hinton ECEC, in Peoria, Illinois, where she is on the evaluation team and gives direct services to children with IEPs (Individualized Education Program). Laura has spent her 5-year career in Peoria Public Schools District #150. She has received multiple national and state recognitions including 25 Women in Leadership and Illinois State Special Education Teacher of the Year. Laura is a Nationally Board Certified teachers and has served as a consultant for Pearson Evaluation Services. She holds certification in administration as well as special education, with an early childhood endorsement. Laura earned a BS of Science in Special Education and an MS in Early Childhood Curriculum and Development from Illinois State University.