Colleen A. Kelly, PhD

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Title: Secondary School Educator
Location: Southbury, Connecticut

Colleen A. Kelly, PhD, Secondary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

A graduate of Pace University, Dr. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. Initially intending to pursue a career in journalism, she became sidetracked after accepting a position as an instructor at Good Counsel College. Dr. Kelly fell in love with teaching and continued to explore the field with positions at St. John’s School in Mahopac, New York and Our Lady of Sorrows School in White Plains, New York. In 1966, whilst working at John F. Kennedy High School, Dr. Kelly simultaneously earned a Master’s degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

Two years later, Dr. Kelly accepted a teaching position at Fairfield High School in Connecticut. During her time there, she earned an additional Master’s degree from New York University, which was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. In 1987, alongside her prior position, Dr. Kelly became an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University. In 2006, she culminated her illustrious career by entering retirement.

In light of her myriad accomplishments, Dr. Kelly has gathered an impressive collection of honors throughout the course of her career. In 1981, Pace University named her as the Alumni of the Year, which was accompanied by her receiving a grant from the Connecticut Research Foundation that same year. The 1996-1997 Pier Fellow of Yale University, Dr. Kelly was presented with the Legacy Teacher Award from Fairfield High School in 2017. Looking back on her illustrious career, she does not regret anything, as she is proud of every choice she made that has guided her to abundant professional success. In Dr. Kelly’s spare time, she enjoys practicing photography, writing and traveling.

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