Columbia, South Carolina
Patrick Kelly is an AP U.S. Government teacher at Blythewood High School in Richland School District 2 outside of Columbia, South Carolina. Patrick is in his 12th year of teaching, and for the past nine years he has worked in a hybrid teaching position where, in addition to teaching classes, he serves as the lead teacher for a smaller learning community of approximately 25 teachers and 450 students.
In 2014, Patrick was selected as his school and district teacher of the year, and he was one of five finalists for South Carolina teacher of the year. Patrick is a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2015 he was selected as a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, and in 2016 he was selected as a Department of Education Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow.