Name: Mrs. Kelli RaoEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgEducation: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:A days- 1:30- 3:22 pm (8th grade team meets on Wed.)B days- 8:00- 9:45 am (ELA team meets on Thurs.)A days- P.1, P.2, P.3P.1- 8th ELA- Asynchronous time 9- 9:45 amP.2- 8th ELA- Asynchronous time 10:40- 11:25 amP.3- 8th ELA- Asynchronous time 12:40- 1:45 pmB days- P.6, P.7, P.8P.6- 6th Speech/Drama- Asynchronous time 10:40- 11:25 amP.7- 8th ELA- Asynchronous time 12:40- 1:45 pmP.8- 8th ELA- Asynchronous time 2:20- 3:12 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. In 2020-21, I am continuing the National Board Certification process as an Exceptional Needs Specialist for Gifted students- submitting my written components in April 2021.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. 2020-21 school year is my sixth year teaching ELA at McKinley, my first year teaching 8th grade ELA. I've completed 15 full school years as a teacher! YESSSS.I have a son who will be four in November. My husband is the development director at Employment Connections.