While working for Pleasanton Unified, Ms. Kelly was also a site evaluator for the National School of Character award program. Each spring, she and other former winners visited the twenty finalists and personally evaluated the schools submitting their recommendations to the Blue Ribbon panel. She has also presented at the Character Education Partnership’s annual national convention as well as at the Missouri Character Plus state conference.
Ms. Kelly became principal of Livermore Valley Charter Prep high school in January of 2011 where she helped establish a new school from the bottom up. This work included the development of course offerings, obtaining initial candidacy with WASC, developing a mid-level college program, developing a digital school with an emphasis on project based learning, working with international students, developing co and extra-curricular activities, counseling programs, new teacher orientation, and most importantly defining school culture.
Outside of her experience in traditional educational settings, Ms. Kelly worked from 1990-1993 for Health Net as a corporate educator. She developed and wrote training programs for employees and customers throughout California. Ms. Kelly successfully implemented 30 courses while at Health Net. Ms. Kelly co-founded Hoop Masters, a non-profit, co-ed youth basketball program in Los Angeles. This club program works with youth from 85+ schools from 1993-2002. Hoop Masters was designed for children who wanted to experience athletics at the local and national level. Many of Ms. Kelly’s teams qualified for and played in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Basketball Championship Tournaments. Ms. Kelly also had the opportunity to coach the high school gold medal girl’s basketball team of the Maccabee Youth games in 1994.