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 June 13, 2018

The One Thing Every Teacher Should Do This Summer Is Vote

As the school year winds down, I have been watching with interest a debate on social media among educators about…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

If You Can Find a Budget for Arming Teachers, Then You Can Find Money for Teacher Training

This is not an article about how to stop gun violence in schools. Like most of America, my perspective has…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Finding the Right School for Your Kid Shouldn’t Be a Privilege

This is National School Choice Week, coming at a time when the concept of choice has become one of the…

By Patrick Kelly

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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…

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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 Aug. 17, 2018

Instead of School Supplies Give Parents a List of What Their Kids Need to Succeed

Last August I was visiting family in Oregon when I walked into a supermarket and by the front door saw a large sign that read…

By Samantha Brown Olivieri

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It

I’ve always known the education system is a like a large, slow freighter. Teaching in a public school for two decades reveals to anyone that…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

How Kunjan Narechania Is Working to Deliver Autonomy, Accountability, Equity and Choice in New Orleans

This is the third in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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