Mr. Michael Kelly is the finalist for the Kennett Consolidated School District in Citadel’s Heart of Learning Program. He was given his award at the Kennett High School faculty meeting in early April by representatives from the Oxford Branch of the Citadel Federal Credit Union. Citadel, in conjunction with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, sponsors the award program that seeks to honor the area’s most outstanding teachers.
Mr. Kelly is in his 44th year of teaching. He is the mathematics department chairperson at the high school. Before coming to the high school on a permanent basis,Mr. Kelly taught at Kennett Middle School. In addition to his duties in the classroom, Mr. Kelly is the senior class adviser, the chairperson for the Graduation Committee, a member of the Professional Development Committee, and the president of the Kennett Education Association.
Mr. Kelly was among the teachers nominated for the award by students, parents, colleagues, or community members. One finalist was then chosen from each of Chester County’s school districts. These 15 finalists will attend a dinner and award ceremony later this year where one winner from each level will be announced.
Comments made by the person nominating Mr. Kelly included an analogy to a good sports coach who does not try to make a player change a successful routine but helps that player to improve that routine and add more skills. Mr. Kelly works with students in class and as individuals to help them reach their highest potential.