We Congratulate Kaleb Kelley!
Lisenby Primary School
“Love. Your. Babies. It is so important to develop a relationship with your students. You can’t expect them to learn from you if they think you don’t care about them.”
Sound advice from the August Teacher of the Month, Kaleb Kelley.
Kelley is a first grade teacher at Lisenby Primary School in Ozark. This is his ninth year teaching.
“He is a wonderful teacher who commits his time and love to his kids 100%.”
Ansley Godwin’s daughter was in Kelley’s class last year.
“My daughter struggled with writing this year [2020-21] and he never gave up on her. He actually took extra time to reinforce strategies shared, and my daughter’s writing improved so much. I’m grateful for him and for [him] getting my daughter second grade ready.”
“I have found that, when you give students enough support, learning becomes easy, and when learning is easy it becomes fun!”
Kelley has been with Ozark City Schools since he was hired as the district’s first male kindergarten teacher. He says he always wanted a career in which he could be “creative, make a difference, and enjoy what I do.”
After an unconventional school year due to COVID-19, Kelley says parent communication is something he’ll continue to focus on this school year. He’s also excited about bringing back group tasks.
“I so missed seeing my students interact closely with each other this past school year.”
“I love that every day is different in education, and that there is never a dull moment! I truly enjoy watching my students develop and grow as the year progresses.”
Kelley says those connections and relationships he makes with his students make it worthwhile.
“Over the course of the school year we learn so much about one another. I enjoy being able to support my students in and outside of the classroom by attending sports games, plays, music recitals, and anything else they invite me to!”
And he hopes when his students leave him, they take with them one important lesson: “To do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, NOT because you get a reward or a treat.”
Kaleb Kelly received his bachelors in Elementary Education from Troy University and his Masters from the University of West Alabama. He was the Lisenby Primary School Teacher of the Year and Ozark City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.