Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has covered nearly every subject at The Gazette, including news, religion, business, real estate, the energy industry, health care, nonprofits, fashion, home and garden and county government. Her career also has encompassed writing greeting cards, speeches, annual reports, and technical trade and magazine articles. Her two kids have taught her a lot about education and life in general, including this kernel of wisdom, “Mom, not everything is a lesson.”
  • Back to School: Pikes Peak region districts offer new programs, new buildings

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week. A few more start back next week, with most in session by the...

  • Settlement reached in church/state dispute at Florence High School

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    In a settlement reached this week, Cowboy Church at Crossroads will no longer be able to use Florence High School in Fremont School District RE-2 for its worship services and its pastor won’t be able to hold weekly pizza lunches that required students to pray to participate, run the...

  • Colorado Springs elementary teacher named 'Rookie of the Year'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    For her work in her first year as principal at Centennial Elementary School in Harrison School District 2, Kimberlee Noyes has grabbed the 2014-2015 Reba Ferguson Memorial Rookie of the Year Award. The Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals honored Noyes Thursday at a...

  • UCCS to honor former dean who left a legacy in health care

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Nursing education wouldn't be as healthy and strong as it is in Colorado Springs if it weren't for a visionary woman who will be remembered Sunday with a community celebration and unveiling of plans to continue her legacy. The late Carole Schoffstall's contributions to Colorado...

  • Sports physicals for Colorado Springs student athletes held Saturday

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group will offer sports physicals to student athletes of Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the medical group's north campus at 4110 Briargate Parkway, Suite 300. Orthopedists and medical...

  • Colorado Springs car dealerships collecting school supplies

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Larry H. Miller Dealerships in Colorado Springs, in conjunction with Volunteers of America, are participating in a "Stuff for Student's school supply drive, starting Friday and running through Aug. 31. Backpacks, pens, pencils, filler paper, two-pocket folders, spiral notebooks,...

  • Free vaccinations, music, food, services at Harrison School District 2 summer fest

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A back-to-school Summer Fest for students of Harrison School District 2 is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Southeast Armed Services YMCA. Attendees can park in the west Sierra High School parking lot by the baseball field, 2190 Jet Wing Drive. Free food and music and a variety of...

  • El Paso, Teller counties fill November ballot

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Twenty-two governmental jurisdictions in El Paso County plan to present candidates and/or issues to voters on the Nov. 3 ballot, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office. In Teller County, five entities have submitted letters of intent to participate in the...

  • Application cycle opens for Pets in the Classroom grants

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Pets in the Classroom grant program will start accepting applications Saturday for the 2015-2016 school year. Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade teachers in both private and public schools who desire to introduce a pet into the classroom or already have a pet in the classroom...

  • Homeschoolers can get discounts on computers, software

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers and software at the same wholesale pricing the nonprofit organization Notebooks for Students gives to traditional public schools. The goal is have homeschool families be able to access in-classroom techniques and increase computer...

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