As media manager, Kelly executes regional and national media strategy, develops story ideas, amplifies Teach Plus’s and Teach Plus teacher leaders’ work and successes in the media, and supports the regions with their overall communications needs.
Before joining Teach Plus, Kelly was deputy communications director for the New Mexico Public Education Department. Before that, she was a federal programs curriculum and instruction coordinator in Rio Rancho (NM) Public Schools. Kelly has taught preschool through high school in New Mexico and Thailand, as well as in Armenia, during a two-year stint as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Kelly is an alumna of Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellowship and has served as a Senior Fellow with that program, a Teach Plus Senior Research Fellow, and a Teach Plus Senior Writing Fellow. She began her career as a reporter at the Colorado Springs Gazette and The Arizona Republic.
Kelly earned her BA in journalism from Arizona State University, her MA in elementary education from Western New Mexico University, her TESOL certification from the University of New Mexico, and her administrative license from New Mexico Highlands University.
Kelly is based in Albuquerque, NM. She enjoys running (slowly), luxuriating with a good book, and being silly with her partner, Bryan, and two cats.