Name: Mrs. Kelli Rao
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.
2-2:45 pm M-F
A days- P.1, P.2, P.3
P.1- 8th ELA
P.2- 6th Speech/Drama
P.3- 8th ELA
B days- P.5, P.7, P.8
P.5- 8th ELA
P.7- 8th ELA
P.8- 8th ELA
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. I submitted all components for National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist for Gifted students, and I await my results to be shared in December 2021. It's 30-40% pass rate on the first try, so I may have to put more work in 2022 to complete the process.
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 will be five in November. My husband is the development director at Employment Connections.