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.”

Broadmoor Elementary School third graders Ella Byron, left, and Stella Faricy, hold hands as they run together along with fellow third and second graders to finish the final lap of a school fundraiser Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Students at the school started the fundraiser in August and have been running or walking laps on the playground during recess after getting pledges from friends and relatives. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Isaiah Stall puts on surgical gear before playing doctor during a trauma program led by Dr. Tiffany Willard, a trauma surgeon at Memorial Hospital Central, at Gold Camp Elementary School on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Dr. Willard spends the first part of the class talking about the body systems, what constitutes a trauma, choices that contribute to a trauma, and drug and alcohol use. A pager later goes off and Memorial medical students bring in a mannequin and present a trauma situation. The kids are called up individually to play doctor on the mannequin. Afterward they are assigned to tables where medical students assist them in performing cutting and sutures. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Sophomore Dyvon Kuhfeld and his Doherty High School classmates joined students across the country Tuesday, October 25, 2016, in taking part in the Youth Leadership Initiative Mock General Election. More than 3 million students across the US took part in the 2012 mock election. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Discovery Canyon Campus High School (Photo courtesy: Academy District 20)
Anthony Nisewaner, left, and Xavier Mathias join with other members of the Harrison High School marching band as they get fired up Wednesday, October 19, 2016, to compete in the 2016 Colorado Bandmasters Association South Region State Qualifying Festival at D20 Stadium. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
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Advanced Placement Exams
Twelfth grade students Sohrab Pasikhani, left, and Bridgette LaFaye work in their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Steve Durham, chairman of the State Board of Education, is pictured at Garden of the Gods Club and Resort on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette