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.”
  • Falcon counselor honored for achievements in non-traditional school

    Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    There are no walls inside Falcon Virtual Academy, an online and blended-learning school on Constitution Avenue off Powers Boulevard. Instead of classrooms with desks, brightly colored sectional couches and cushiony chairs arranged in a coffeehouse fashion occupy the school's large open...

  • Peyton Manning's kids' foundation donates $10,000 to Colorado Springs cause

    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation has awarded Pikes Peak Community College a $10,000 grant for PPCC Kids College, a summer program for at-risk middle school students to explore possible careers. The grant enables PPCC to offer scholarships to qualifying...

  • New El Paso County school superintendent will keep principal job

    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School will put on another hat in a few weeks. He'll also become superintendent of the Pikes Peak region's smallest school district. Grant Schmidt, who has been principal at Prairie Heights for the past three years, will take over as...

  • Local Teen Court executive elected president of statewide association

    Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The assistant executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Teen Court has been elected president of the Colorado Teen Court Association. Morgan Mote is the first president of the new statewide association, which unites Teen Courts in seven Colorado communities, including...

  • Expanded summer food program will feed thousands of Colorado Springs children

    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Not all kids go hungry over the summer, but Janine Russell, assistant food service director for Colorado Springs School District 11, has heard enough of the heart-wrenching stories to know keeping the cupboard stocked when school's out is a real problem for some families. "We hear...

  • Three local teams place in Colorado state high school fishing championship

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Three local teams placed in the top 10 in last weekend’s Colorado State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Pueblo. The two-person team event was for students in grades 7-12. 5th place: Ellicott Senior High School in Ellicott School District 22 – Michael Warner and Graydon...

  • Six former Lewis-Palmer D-38 employees selected for Hall of Fame

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument has selected the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates from many former employees who were nominated. They are: Barb Elliott, elementary teacher; Meg Edmonds: elementary librarian; Caryn Collette: middle school teacher and middle school principal;...

  • Colorado Springs woman's legacy to be honored with library addition

    Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The legacy of a woman who thrived on nurturing a love of reading, particularly among the young, will continue with a new children's garden under construction in front of downtown's Penrose Library. The garden will honor Judy Noyes, who died nearly two years ago of natural causes at...

  • Challenger middle schoolers come up short at national academic competition

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Challenger Middle School students didn’t place at this year’s Junior National Academic Championship held recently in New Orleans. But they learned a lot, said gifted and talented teacher Carl Howard. “The championship was a great experience, and the team left New Orleans having...

  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board to host informal community coffee

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Lewis-Palmer board of education will host a community coffee, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4. The event will be held in the Learning Center in the district administration building, 146 Jefferson St., in Monument. Interested citizens are invited to join board members for...

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