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Date: July 16, 2002 (02-39)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
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Montgomery College Alumna Inducted Into Teachers’ Hall of Fame
Induction is the latest of Numerous Honors for Florida Educator

          Dana K. Kelly, who earned her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College in 1974, is among the newest members of the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  

            Kelly teaches math and language arts for the gifted at Southwest Elementary School in Lakeland, Florida.  She is one of five new members who were recently inducted into the teachers’ shrine during extensive, week-long activities in Washington, D.C. and the Hall’s home town of Emporia, Kansas.  The centerpiece was a banquet and induction ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

            “The whole week was incredible,” says Kelly.  “My life will never be the same again.”  Her press clippings and other memorabilia will be displayed in the Hall for the next year.

            The new Hall of Fame teacher is a graduate of the former Woodward High School in Rockville, Maryland.  She speaks highly of her time at Montgomery College, saying it did a “wonderful academic educational job” of preparing her for work that led to her B.S. in elementary education at the University of Maryland.  As a matter of fact, she says, “I recommend to my students that they take the community college route” in higher education.

            Along with induction into the Hall of Fame, Kelly was awarded $1,000 in cash and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington and Emporia, plus other gifts and mementos.  Her school will get $2,000 worth of products and a deserving education student will be awarded a college scholarship in her name. 

            Kelly, a National Board Certified Teacher, has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers twice in the last decade.  Other honors include:

  • National Teaching Excellence Award, Time magazine, 2002

  • Florida Gifted Teacher of the Year, Florida Association for the Gifted, 2000-2001

  • Disney Teacherrific innovative program award, 2000

            “She (Kelly) guides, nurtures, and challenges each child,” says Southwest Principal Richard Dobler.  “ She motivates and excites students with innovative programs.”

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