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.”

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Pikes Peak Community College scholarship fund gets big boost


Money from a new scholarship fund from the Colorado Department of Higher Education will increase by 25 percent the number of scholarships available for Pikes Peak Community College students.

"It is a very...

Colorado Springs school district earns distinction for board-certified teachers

By: Debbie Kelley

Colorado Springs School District 11 ranks among the state’s top five school districts for having the most National Board Certified teachers.

The other four are: Boulder Valley School District, Denver Public...

School is back in session, but Walsenburg campus of Colorado Springs charter school remains closed


The spring semester started Wednesday for The Career Building Academy schools in Colorado Springs, Peyton and Pueblo. But the fourth campus, a residential program in Walsenburg, remains closed to students,...

Monument school again tops in wrapper recycling


Students at Prairie Winds Elementary School in Monument have done it again.

The school in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is a top collector of energy bar wrappers for TerraCycle.

The Trenton,...

Colorado Springs coalition wants to find solution for expensive childcare


Colorado Springs employers having a hard time finding good workers may not realize it, but the culprit might be in the crib.

Licensed childcare slots can be difficult for working parents to find, and spaces...

Woodland Park school district pushing for sales tax to fund schools


WOODLAND PARK - Tourists and other shoppers could be the ticket to helping Woodland Park School District RE-2 offset shortfalls in state funding.

The Woodland Park City Council will decide Thursday whether...

Unique museum offers trip through Colorado's incarceration history


The Museum of Colorado Prisons in Cañon City doesn't have paintings by Monet, dinosaur bones or sports memorabilia.

But the artwork, historic relics and characters on exhibit at the unique museum are...

Local Optimist Club holds essay contest for youth

By: Debbie Kelley

Looking for something to do over the break?

Youth under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2015, can enter to win awards from the annual Optimist International Essay Contest.

Applications are due Jan. 29 to...