2013 Teacher Winner
School: 5th Grade, Garden Hills Elementary School
Project: Digital Citizen’s Online Classroom
Kelly Petrello began her teaching career with Teach For America and recently celebrated her 10th year in Atlanta Public Schools. After teaching for 3 years at Slater Elementary, Ms. Petrello went on to earn her M.A.T at Oglethorpe University. With the desire to learn more about the International Baccalaureate program, Ms. Petrello transitioned to Sarah Smith Elementary and in 2006, earned the Teacher of the Year award. For two years at Bolton Academy, 100% of her students met or exceeded ELA standards and in 2013, 94% of her 5th graders met or exceeded math standards on the CRCT. Currently, Ms. Petrello leads a 5th grade classroom at Garden Hills Elementary where her passion for education and knowledge of diverse learners motivates all students to success.