In November 2002, Francey Dennis Kelley assumed the leadership role of instructional specialist for the University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus, Reno Learning Center Education Department. She later assumed the role of Campus College Chair. During her 29 years in public education, Ms. Dennis served as a middle school reading and English teacher, a reading program assistant and principal of three Washoe County School District Elementary Schools: Virginia Palmer, Silver Lake and Stead. During her service at Stead Elementary School, the school earned recognition in the U.S. Department of Education's School of Excellence Program, 1985-1986. Ms. Kelley (Dennis) was known for her staunch belief in putting children first, in gathering an entire community to work toward providing the best possible education and in the power and necessity of good reading instruction. She maintained close ties with staff and students by modeling the behavior she expected, giving demonstration lessons, teaching classes including P.E., reading to students, and allowing them to earn the privilege of having dinner with her at her home.
The Milken Educator recognition further fueled my desire to make a difference. The year 2020 marks 51 years in education for me, and my desire to provide outstanding, appropriate educational opportunities for all students is still in overdrive. I can't imagine not being able to work in education.
2005 University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year-Northern Nevada Campus
1998 Nevada PTA Principal of the Year
1996 Nevada PTA Principal of Year
1990 National Distinguished Principal -Nevada
Nevada PTA Principal of Year
University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year-Northern Nevada Campus
1981 ED.S. Educational Adminstration and Higher Education
1974 MAED Elementary and Secondary Education-Field of Concentration Reading
University of Nevada - Reno, B.A.