Teacher in Focus: Susan Kelly

by Celia Shortt

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Susan Kelly, first grade, Canongate Elementary


Susan Kelly teaches first grade at Canongate Elementary School in Sharpsburg. She has worked in education for 20 years. Fourteen have been in Coweta County.

Why did you become a teacher? 

After spending this long in education, it’s more why do I continue? I’ve always felt it’s important career, educating children and preparing them for the future. My passion is for first grade. I love teaching reading.

Do you have a family? 

I’ve been married for 22 years and have two sons. One is a freshman at Valdosta State. The other is a freshman at Northgate High School. Both hope to have careers in the military.

If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing? 

Something where I could travel. I could not go to a job where everyday is the same, and I was not interacting with people.

What is the best part of being a teacher? 

Seeing children become readers is a big part of that.

What do you do when you are not teaching? 

I’m a huge college football fan - Roll Tide!

What is your favorite movie? 

No matter how many times I have watched it - Remember the Titans. If it is on, I will watch it again. It’s a great story and involves football :)

What is your favorite book? 

I love to read the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park to my students every year. My students always enjoy hearing about Junie B.’s antics and can’t wait to check the books out at the library. I also enjoy reading John Grisham’s books.

What is the one thing you want your students to learn? 

I think they most important thing I tell them is to just try your best, and the rest of it will work out.

What is the best part about being at Canongate? 

I just enjoy being part of this community. My coworkers are an extended community. I enjoy seeing former students and parents when I go out.



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