Meet the Team
Ed.D., Boston University
Ed.M., Boston University
BA, Loyola University
Kelly has over twenty-five years of experience working in educational training, leadership and administration. As a consultant, she has led the Louisiana Department of Education’s work on the alternate standards for students with significant disabilities, supported strategic planning for Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, written successful charter school applications for FirstLine Schools, and assisted in the design and execution of the selection process for Catalyst:Ed’s Expert Hub for Common Core State Standards.
Prior to this, Kelly oversaw the design, implementation and evaluation of programmatic content for Leading Educators. During her tenure, a study of the effectiveness of the program by RAND Education (2015) concluded that participation in Leading Educators led to a ten-percentage point gain in student achievement and had twice the impact of any other intervention for teacher and leader effectiveness. As the founding Director of Academics for KIPP New Orleans schools, she supported the schools and their leaders in the areas of curriculum and instruction, professional development, assessment, and accountability. Kelly was also part of the founding team of a charter school in the Boston area, helping plan, launch and lead the 6-12 “diverse by design” charter school in Salem, Massachusetts.
Kelly has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in three Schools of Education, coordinated an intergenerational literacy project for immigrants and refugees in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and was a co-founder and director of Boston University's America Reads Challenge. On the international front, Kelly served as the training director of a USAID rural development project and as a teacher trainer with the Peace Corps in Rabat, Morocco. Kelly earned an M.Ed. in International Education Development and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University School of Education.