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.”
  • Gazette travel: Not just for spring break: South Padre Island a great family getaway

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    South Padre Island off the tip of Texas is not a good vacation destination in March and the first half of April. Unless, of course, you are a college student. In that case, South Padre Island is the place to be. For decades, the small barrier island, flanked on the west by Laguna...

  • Some ammunition remains in short supply at Colorado Springs gun stores

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The ammunition shortage of recent years has left its mark on the market. Finding .22 long rifle and some other caliber bullets remains hit and miss, according to local gun shop owners. "It's a tiny bit more plentiful, but not by enough to keep the shelves full every day," said Tracy...

  • Colorado testing results show steep learning curve for students

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The steep, rocky learning curve associated with new standardized tests for Colorado students hasn't changed much since the trial run of 2014. The Colorado Department of Education released scores Thursday from this spring's science and social studies tests known as the Colorado...

  • Local retired science educator takes on leadership role with national association

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A retired science educator from Colorado Springs is the new president of the board of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Mary Gromko is one of five...

  • Family and consumer sciences teacher graduates from training program

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Alyssa Horlick, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Miami-Yoder High School in Miami-Yoder School District JT-60, recently graduated from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Adviser Academy. The intensive teacher professional development program is...

  • A few spots still left for Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids in Colorado

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    About 20 spots are still available for youth to sign up for the sixth annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, a one-day camp with hands-on instruction in the outdoors. The camp will be held July 17 at Quail Mountain Recreation Area, which is between the towns of Leadville and Buena Vista....

  • College professor promoted to associate dean

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Pikes Peak Community College has promoted Danen Jobe to the position of associate dean for humanities in the Communication, Humanities & Technical Studies Division. Jobe will manage the division’s operations, represent the division and handle policies. He is responsible for the...

  • Local school district earns excellence certificate for financial reporting

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded Coloraod Springs School District 11 a certificate of excellence in financial reporting for having met or exceeded the program's standards for financial reporting and accountability. The program supports and...

  • Governor appoints local woman to state student leaders board

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Josephine Benavidez is among the governor appointees to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive board. Members oversee the Institute, which operates a competitive residential summer academic pilot program through the...

  • 124 educators from Pikes Peak region to attend AVID Summer Institute in Denver

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Education of the 21st century is filled with a complex equation of buzzwords and phrases. Among them: "college and career readiness." But preparing students for life after high school isn't a new idea. A San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Advancement Via Individual...

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