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.”
  • Arts spice up summer learning in Colorado Springs district

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Summer school. Ugh. For decades, students who end the school year academically behind their peers take extra classes during summer break to catch up, while their friends are at the swimming pool or home playing video games. It's different this year for elementary and middle school...

  • Controversial education leader quits Texas job, plans to return to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A controversial education leader is returning to Colorado Springs. Former Harrison School District 2 superintendent and 2004 Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles resigned Tuesday as superintendent of Dallas Independent School District in Texas. A disagreement over contract...

  • Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation to support restorative justice programs. Colorado Springs Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that uses trained student volunteers to provide restorative justice sentencing...

  • Local school district receives award for finance reporting

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance Certificate of Excellence award to the Academy School District 20's business services department for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 2014. ASBO officials say the award...

  • Colorado mining town site for upcoming movie

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    VICTOR - A preacher, a chef, a railroad buff and other residents of this historic town are leaving their real lives behind for a few days to become a buyer of bodies, his sidekick, a blind man and a host of other odd but endearing characters. Denver-based Endeavor PICS, an independent...

  • Air Academy students play artistic role at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Kira Olson graduated from Air Academy High School last month and will head to art school in Santa Fe this fall but already has completed her first commissioned piece that will be seen by millions of people. "It took awhile to make and was hard to figure out, but it feels awesome," she...

  • Everyone's Handyman: Listeners, readers depend on Ken Moon's 'Around the House' advice

    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs resident Ken Moon met Rush Limbaugh on a cruise years ago, and the conservative political commentator gave Moon some advice. "I had just started my talk radio show, and he said to me, the main thing in talk radio is to be yourself because the audience can tell if...

  • Furry and slithery visitors light up classroom for special-needs students

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Eleven-year-old Ethan Honea puffed up his shoulders, stuck out his tongue, yelled "ha" really loudly and tried to blow bubbles out of his eyes. Ethan and 43 other special-needs students in Falcon School District 49's Extended School Year program were mimicking the actions of the...

  • Monument schoolchildren learn that one person's trash becomes a charity's treasure

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Kids might like eating mini muffins and slurping applesauce and juice from squeezable pouches, but sorting the trash that results from snacking is anything but fun. "It smells. It's nasty," said Gwen Shindel, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Prairie Winds Elementary School in...

  • Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that promotes school choice by helping low-income families pay for school uniforms, tutoring, summer school, transportation and computers, has received two grants that will fund operations fot the coming school year. The...

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