Kelly Jo Records
Professional Learning Consultant
Kelly Jo’s philosophy about teaching is simple. She agrees with Madeline Hunter who said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy.” What she meant was, you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. There are times when the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” She believes that when students know you value them as human beings, they will work harder for you and challenge you less. She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory or new trendy programs with catchy names.
Kelly Jo believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. She believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.Kelly Jo understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures along with varying cognitive and social skills. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore. Kelly Jo also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption by many today (especially politicians) about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case. We have a generation of kids coming to our schools basically un-socialized. Many students are learning behavior from Family Guy, TMZ, Bart Simpson, video games and a myriad of other influences.Kelly Jo knows there’s not much we can do from 4:00 PM until 8:00 AM but there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. She is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, humor and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as she can. After all, it was a teacher who once helped Kelly Jo get into college so she could become a special education teacher.
- Staff Development Trainer
- 30 Years Teaching
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Elementary Credential
- Resource Specialist
- Education Specialist- Intellectually Disabled
- Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction
- Areas of Expertise: classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Vocational Skills Trainer