Mary Kelly

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

I have lived al­most all of my life in Grand Falls-Wind­sor, hav­ing moved here when I was one. I at­tended NDA, St. Cather­ine’s and St. Mike’s. I com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Chem­istry) from St. Mary’s Univer­sity, a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion from MUN and my Masters of Ed­u­ca­tion, in Lead­er­ship and Cur­ricu­lum, from Mount St. Vin­cent Univer­sity. In the fall of 1987, the lo­cal cam­pus of the now College of the North At­lantic started to of­fer a full first year univer­sity pro­gram. In Jan­uary of 1988, while part way through my ed­u­ca­tion de­gree, I was hired as the full time lab in­struc­tor for the Chem­istry cour­ses of­fered in that pro­gram. Af­ter three years in this po­si­tion, I took un­paid leave and went back to univer­sity to com­plete my ed­u­ca­tion de­gree. Upon com­ple­tion, I moved in to sev­eral in­struc­tional po­si­tions within the college. I taught in the Adult Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Com­puter Re­pair, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies pro­grams. In Novem­ber of 1998, I de­cided to take a chance and ap­ply to teach at Ex­ploits Val­ley High School. I was awarded the po­si­tion and I have never looked back. My main teach­ing as­sign­ment is Chem­istry and af­ter 19 years I still love it. I am teacher spon­sor of the hockey team and have been co-chair of Grad three times. In ad­di­tion to my school com­mit­ments, I have found the time to vol­un­teer for many lo­cal and pro­vin­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, the Grand Falls Golf Course, North­cliffe Drama Club, the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Her­itage So­ci­ety and the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Cathe­dral Par­ish.

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