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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.”

Hannah Reich is pictured wearing a shirt that says "I am not a distraction" at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Friday, September 23, 2016. Some students and parents are upset about the school district's dress code policy, saying it unfairly targets girls. A peaceful protest will be staged on Monday where a group of girls will wear the t-shirts and speak out at a school board meeting. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Ore is mined from the open pit Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company. Newmont Mining Corp. agreed to buy the gold mine for $820 million from AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Ore is mined from the open pit Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
West Elementary students Christian Breeden, 9, Maliah Canete, 7, and Mark Canete, 10, work on decorations for their float for the 35th annual Coronado Homecoming Parade on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The parade takes place in Old Colorado City on Saturday morning. Students from eight elementary schools, two middle schools and Coronado High School participate in the parade. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
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Anne Basting, 2016 MacArthur Fellow
Seventh grader Brenden Hinke works on English Language Arts testing at Russell Middle School on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette