In November 2002, Francey (Dennis) Kelley became the instructional specialist for the University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus, Reno Learning Center Education Department. She later assumed the role of Campus College Chair, retiring from this role in 2012. She continues to teach for UOP Online and supervise student teachers an administrative interns. During her 29 years in public education, Mrs. Kelley served as a middle school reading and English teacher, a reading program assistant and principal of four Washoe County School District Elementary Schools: Berniece Mathews, 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. She was recognized as the 1990 Nevada Elementary Principal of the Year by the U.S. Department of Education. Mrs. Kelley was known for her relentless belief in putting children first, in gathering an entire community to work toward providing the best possible education for every student, and in the power and necessity of good reading instruction. As a principal, she maintained close ties with staff and students by modeling the behavior she expected, presenting demonstration lessons, teaching classes (including full-time P.E.), reading to students, and allowing them to earn the privilege of having dinner with her family at her home.
The Milken Educator recognition further fueled my desire to make a difference. After 47 years my drive to provide appropriate educational opportunities for all students is still in overdrive. I can't imagine not being able to work in education.
University of Nevada - Reno, B.A.
1974 MAED Elementary and Secondary Education-Field of Concentration Reading
1981 ED.S. Educational Adminstration and Higher Education
1990 National Distinguished Principal -Nevada
1996 Nevada PTA Principal of Year
Nevada PTA Principal of Year
1998 Nevada PTA Principal of the Year
2005 University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year-Northern Nevada Campus
University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year-Northern Nevada Campus