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Kelly McRee » Kelly's bio

Kelly's bio

     My background is in Elementary Education.  I received a Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification (K-6) from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina in 1994. My emphasis during college was in child psychology.  My practica included student teaching in conjunct with University of North Carolina Model Clinical Specialist Teaching Project Pilot Program where education students applied for a specialist student teaching.  Each student was assigned a classroom teacher in where we would come in to teach a curriculum reform.  My reform project was journal writing in a first grade classroom.  After implementation, we defended our project in front of a panel of university professors.  I received a 4.0 that semester.  It was a transformative experience for an inexperienced but passionate teacher.

I moved to Austin to be closer to my mom.  I worked for the next ten years in a private preschool as the Educational Director for Children’s Discovery Center.  I was a docent for the 100 languages of Children Exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy.  I was so inspired by this experience that helped to create a pre-school that was designed after their model from the ground up.  During this time I watched students that were passionate and curious about the world become disillusioned and shut down. I knew that I had to do something to help the public system of education.

A band of friends, colleagues, and educators came together to create Austin Discovery School.  I co-wrote the educational plan for ADS.  During this ten year journey, I have worn many hats at ADS- Principal, Academic/Curriculum Director, Classroom teacher, Reading Interventionist, and my current position, Behavior Program Director.  My true passion is social emotional learning as I am fascinated by human behavior and I love to connect with students by creating real relationships.

This love of relationships and maintaining connections with students led in my study to Restorative Discipline.  Restorative Discipline is a way to create accountability with students while holding space to be nurturing and kind allowing the student to create a plan to restore the relationships broken by the incident.

Dear ADS staff,

I am so glad that you are here on this educational journey with us.  I want you to reach out for any help or support.  I am available for consultations about students, classroom management ideas, social skills presentations, and to lend a helping hand.  Please don't hesitate to ask for my help and you are welcome to call or email.

In shared love for students,