Patrick Kelly

Guest Blogger

Teacher

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.

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

Don’t Like ‘Take a Knee’? Take a Civics Class.

For the past month the news has been filled with a seemingly endless stream of topics that have sparked controversy…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Don’t Let Teacher Leadership Become a Meaningless Buzzword

As we enter back-to-school season, I’m anticipating a heavy dose of talk about the importance of “lifting” the teaching profession.…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted June 6, 2017

He’s One of the Finest Educators I’ve Ever Seen in the Classroom and He’s Leaving

A few weeks ago, I received some of the hardest professional news I have ever received in my 12-year teaching…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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