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.”
  • 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...

  • Laundrobot invention earns Colorado Springs middle school student big award

    Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Could you think of a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape society? Johnathan Pollard, a 7th grader at The Classical Academy did, and for his imagination and scientific know-how was named one of 35 state merit winners in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young...

  • Urban Experience gives Colorado Springs teachers taste of life for homeless students

    Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Each school year, several homeless students are in Nicole Lobato's second-grade classroom at Monroe Elementary School. The school, at East Pikes Peak Avenue and Chelton Road, has a highly transient population, she said. Some students stay in a shelter, cars or a relative's home....

  • Tips to avoid scholarship and student loan scams

    Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Recent high school graduates can be the target for unscrupulous scholarship offers and student loan scams. Here are some tips from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and www.StopFraudColorado.gov. Ask questions Most fraudulent organizations do not have the infrastructure...

  • Not everyone happy as Woodland Park Bible college marks construction milestone

    Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    WOODLAND PARK - Clouds remained in the distance as sun rays glinted on a massive, 22,000-pound girder construction workers slowly guided into place Thursday at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park. Many of the private Christian school's 110 employees and some of the town's...

  • Colorado Springs elementary students back in class under new schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Wednesday's chilly, wet weather wasn't the only reminder of fall. Although the calendar said July 8, hundreds of students at two elementary schools in Harrison School District 2 headed back to school. Turman and Stratmoor Hills elementary schools adopted an alternative calendar with...

  • Enrollment opens for new students in Colorado Springs school district

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Fall enrollment for students in kindergarten through eighth grade who are new to Colorado Springs School District 11 is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. now through July 31, at the district enrollment office, 1033 N. Franklin St., the southeast corner of East San Rafael and North Franklin...

  • Victim: Child was behind Teller County BB gun incident

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    A child is the alleged culprit behind an apparent BB gun shooting that shattered the glass in a work vehicle of a Victor city employee on July 2. "It was just a little kid, and he didn't mean to do it, so everything's all right," Toni Tomei said Monday. Teller County Sheriff Mike...

  • Colorado College alum nominated to lead nation's top science organization

    Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    A geophysicist who received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College is on track to become the next president of the National Academy of Sciences. The organization’s council announced Monday it had approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt, editor-in-chief of the...

  • Colorado College plans $45 million expansion, renovation of library

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The "brain" of the Colorado College campus is on its way to becoming a lot smarter. Plans are advancing for a proposed $45 million expansion and renovation of Tutt Library at 1021 N. Cascade Ave. "It will become an academic hub and the brain of the campus, which is what an academic...

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