Barbara Kelley is a senior consultant to the Asia Society, an international organization dedicated to deepening the understanding between the people of Asia and the United States. In this role, she is developing a strategy to open ten internationally themed high schools across the United States. Kelley retired in 2003 after teaching physical education in Bangor, Maine for 29 years. She was the first teacher to chair the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, succeeding founding chair Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina in 1997. She completed her eleventh and final year on the National Board in October 2003. In 1999, Teacher Magazine named Kelley one of ten people who shaped the decade in American education. In 2004, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She currently chairs the "Coalition on Strengthening Teacher Knowledge" for Governor Michael F. Easley's "North Carolina in the World" initiative and serves on the boards of directors for the Hunt Institute and DonorsChooseNC, as well as on the advisory board for People to People Ambassador Programs.
1974 Longwood College, B.A.