Ms. Kelley joined the Journey Faculty in 2011 and feels it is a great honor to lead her students:
“I am blessed to be their teacher. Each individual in my class has many unique gifts. The class has become such a beautiful, dynamic group. I feel pure love and warmth from my heart for the students. I have no children of my own; and, to me they are like my own kids. Because Journey School is structured to reach the whole child, I not only get to teach them academics but I also teach them about ethics, art, nature, and all the different components that make a human being human. In any given day, there are so many special moments. I love it!”
As Ms. Kelley looks ahead to Fifth Grade, she is especially excited to guide her students through a historical odyssey of ancient cultures:
“I am so excited about studying Greek mythology and all the wisdom from that culture. Through these studies, I want the students to develop even more social understanding of themselves so the class may continue to become closer. I want my students to develop inner strength so they can meet the many stresses of middle school life.”
Before teaching at Journey School, Ms. Kelley was an educator for 12 years and taught this age level extensively. Ms. Kelley completed undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Portland. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential from Lewis and Clark. Ms. Kelley is now earning her Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education.
Now that Ms. Kelley has spent one year at Journey School her appreciation for the community’s spirit and values has never been stronger:
“From the moment I arrived, I knew that this would be my home. My parents and colleagues have been so kind. And, what most inspires me most is the fact that I am now the model of an adult the students are striving to become. As I take action in my own life, I always think of what my students might think if they see me. I am trying to hold myself to a very high standard so I can be authentic when talking to my kids.”
In addition to her passion for teaching, Ms. Kelley loves to run at the beach and spend time with her husband away from school.