I have 22 years of high-quality teaching experience in Lake County Schools, including seven years of working at the district office as a technology integration specialist. I received my bachelor's degree in education from the University of Central Florida. I am a certified K-6 teacher with a certification in ESOL. I have received stellar evaluations each year both from my administrators for my classroom teaching methods and the State of Florida for my students' standardized test scores. I served as the Astatula Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015 and have been nominated for Teacher of the Year a total five times throughout my career. I am also a two-time recipient of the Walt Disney Teacheriffic Award. In addition, I have received several awards for my grant writing accomplishments. Kellyann has the ability to help children make academic gains beyond the typical classroom setting.
I remain an active learner in order to further my knowledge of pedagogy and academics. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator, a CK-12.org certified instructor, as well as an Intel Teach to the Future certified teacher. I am also trained in Kagan Cooperative Structures. I continue to strengthen my knowledge of education by attending conferences such as The Florida Educators Technology Convention and Get Your Teach On.
When I'm not working with students, I enjoy traveling with my husband in our RV, hiking waterfalls, and riding our bikes. I work with animal rescue groups, including Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid Florida where I have fostered over 40 Goldens, giving them a second chance in life. I am the proud mom of 27-year-old fraternal twin boys who are very successful in their own careers.
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior. I then passed my boards to become a Certified Health Education Specialists after graduation. From 2016 to 2020, I worked as a health educator in a private clinic coaching patients in lifestyle changes: food, exercise, sleep, stress management, etc. I grew passionate in my line of work and strived for a greater challenge. Now, I am currently getting a post-bachelor degree at the University of South Florida in Biomedical Sciences and plan to apply to medical school in 2021.
I started tutoring chemistry in 2013 and enjoyed helping student learn the basics of atoms and molecules. I have continued tutoring on and off until I started tutoring regularly for the USF Chemistry Society during the Fall 2020 semester.
Growing up, I found a passion for baton twirling and have had the honor to twirl for the University of Florida, twirl at many international level competitions, and teach baton twirling to several students. I am also a Level III United States Twirling Association (USTA) Judge and working towards my Master Level Judge Certification to judge internationally. I volunteer my time with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and the USTA Judges Apartment on new educational programs. I also enjoy the occasional traveling, strategic board games, and roller blading.