Name: Mrs. Kelli RaoEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED-EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS SPECIALISTGIFTED AND TALENTEDEducation:B.A. in English- May 2003 (University of Texas at Austin)Teaching Certification- Dec. 2004 (St. Edward's University)M.A. in Gifted Education- Aug. 2015 (Lindenwood University)Room Number(s): 251Subject(s): 8th grade ELA6th grade Speech/DramaGoogle voice number:314-399-8466Messages are forwarded to my personal email.Office hours:2-2:45 pm M-FA days- P.1, P.2, P.3P.1- 8th ELA 7:10-8:25 amP.2- 6th Speech/Drama 8:30-9:45 amP.3- 8th ELA 9:50-11:05 amB days- P.5, P.7, P.8P.5- 8th ELA 7:10-8:25 amP.7- 8th ELA 9:50-11:05 amP.8- 8th ELA 11:10 am-11:45 pm; 12:15- 1:25 pmWelcome. Thank you for taking time to learn about the teachers at McKinley CJLA.This year, I teach students taking 8th grade ELA classes, and 6th grade Speech and Drama. As of December 11, 2021, I earned National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist for Gifted and Talented students. It's 30-40% pass rate on the first try, so I am thrilled to be able to say that I earned my certification without any revisions. Yes- I have wanted this for more than a decade and I screamed and jumped around quite a bit with the news. :)Biography: Port Arthur, Texas is my hometown. I lived in Austin, TX for 9 years. I attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an English major. I completed my educator's certificate requirements at St. Edwards' University in Austin. In August 2008, I moved to St. Louis, MO to live closer to my sister, and I began teaching with SLPS at Northwest Academy of Law- a choice high school in Walnut Park. At Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, I completed my masters' degree in Gifted Education in August 2015.I spent 4 years teaching in Austin, TX, and I've spent 6 school years teaching high school at Northwest Academy of Law in SLPS. 2021-22 school year is my seventh year teaching ELA at McKinley, my second year teaching 8th grade ELA. I've completed 16 full school years as a full-time teacher! YESSSS.I have a son who turned five in November. My husband is the development director at Employment Connections.