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  • K. Rao in the classroom
    Name: Mrs. Kelli Rao
    Email: kelli.rao@slps.org
    National Board Certified 12.11.21
    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): 251
    Subject(s): 8th grade ELA
    6th grade Speech/Drama
    Google voice number:
    Messages are forwarded to my personal email. 
    Office hours: 
    2-2:45 pm M-F
    A days- P.1, P.2, P.3
    P.1- 8th ELA 7:10-8:25 am
    P.2- 6th Speech/Drama 8:30-9:45 am
    P.3- 8th ELA 9:50-11:05 am
    B days- P.5, P.7, P.8
    P.5- 8th ELA 7:10-8:25 am
    P.7- 8th ELA 9:50-11:05 am
    P.8- 8th ELA 11:10 am-11:45 pm; 12:15- 1:25 pm
    Welcome. 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.