Teacher in Focus

Sally Kelly, Second Grade, Arnco-Sargent Elementary

by Celia Shortt


Sally Kelley pictured here with some of her students. Bottom row (left to right) - Nicholas Kittle, Elijah Fulcher, Jordyn Slaydon, Rebecca McCally, Landon Frix, Chase Crews, Madison Murphey. Top row (left to right) - Landon McLendon, Cason Rhodes, Makayla Owenby, Abbie Stewart, Kylie Tucker, Jaeyln Buford, Da'Jhana Lofton, Amber Bishop, Rhett Eversoll, Prince Derring

Sally Kelley is a second grade teacher at Arnco-Sargent Elementary School. This year is her sixth as teacher; all of which have been at Arnco-Sargent. She is the 2013 Arnco-Sargent Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Why did you become a teacher? 

To make a difference in a child’s life. Not all kids learn the same way. I try to present skills in a variety of ways for all students. I think it is imperative to provide different ways to teach skills and meet the kids where they are and excel them. If you make school a place that is fun, that they want to go to, it makes all the difference.

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Newnan. My mom was a teacher, and my dad owned a bistro. I’ve lived here my whole life. I went to elementary school at Maggie Brown, Elm Street, Ruth Hill, and White Oak. For middle school, I went to East Coweta Middle School; and for high school, East Coweta High School. For college, I went to the University of West Georgia.

Do you have a family? 

My husband is the PE teacher at Newnan Crossing Elementary School. My two daughters are ages three and nine.

What do you do for fun?

I spend time with my two daughters and doing family stuff and outings. We go to the beach in the summer time. I also enjoy reading and listening to music.

What type of movies do you enjoy? 

Thrillers, comedy, movies I grew up with, any kind of musical. A favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

If you had not become a teacher, what would you be doing? 

Probably still working with children in some capacity - I’d still be teaching children somehow and somewhere.

What is the best part of growing up here and raising your family here? 

This school. It’s just family. It feels like you’re home - still has that small homey feeling to it.

If you could teach your students one thing, what would it be? 

I would teach them to never give up no matter what. Even if you don’t master it, don’t give up. Always do your best because that builds self-confidence. When they get it right and smile, it makes it all worth it.

What is the best part of teaching second grade? 

Working with my team. I love my team and the kids. We have fun everyday. They love coming to school. I love being here. That’s what it is all about.

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