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 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…

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. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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