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Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly
Current Position
AP U.S. Government and Politics Teacher and Coordinator of Professional Learning, Richland School District 2, Columbia, S.C.
Board Term
October 2019 - September 2023
Board Category
Twelfth-Grade Teacher
Representative Board Activities
Member — Assessment Development Committee
M.A.T. University of South Carolina – Social Studies
B.A. University of South Carolina – History and Political Science

Patrick Kelly works in a hybrid role teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics at Blythewood High School and serves as coordinator of professional learning for Richland School District 2 outside of Columbia, S.C. As a teacher, Mr. Kelly has placed special emphasis on increasing student enrollment in Advanced Placement coursework, especially among traditionally underrepresented groups and first-time AP students. In his hybrid role, he develops and manages professional learning and growth opportunities for more than 3,000 staff members across his district.

Mr. Kelly served as a U.S. Department of Education Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow in 2015-2016 and as a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow in 2016-2017. In these roles, he coordinated and helped conduct outreach to more than 12,000 teachers in order to better inform the work of the Department. During his time in Washington, Mr. Kelly worked on a range of policy topics including assessment, diversity, teacher leadership, and systems of support for educators.

Mr. Kelly is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and was one of five finalists for South Carolina State Teacher of the Year in 2014. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors for the Palmetto State Teachers Association and a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement. He is also a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and is a regular contributor for Education Post.