Kelly graduated from Purdue University with a BS in psychology and minor in child development. She began working in early childhood education in 2011. Kelly has prior classroom experience as well as management experience within an early childhood setting. Her previous role before starting at The Center for Young Child was as the Director of another childcare center. Kelly has always been passionate about working with children. In college, Kelly studied abroad in Costa Rica where she researched the educational system and early childhood programs of the country. During her time in Costa Rica, she spent time at Earth University and visited an orphanage and several schools located within small farming communities. Kelly developed a self-guided research project to better understand the challenges faced within the educational system.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and two Labradors. She and her husband also enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking as well as traveling. Kelly is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was born and raised a Steeler fan. After making a handful of moves, her family settled in Carmel, Indiana where she attended elementary, middle and high school. Kelly, her husband and their two dogs now call Fishers home.
Katie is an IUPUI graduate with two degrees, one from the School of Engineering and Technology as well as the School of Education, earning her AS and BSED. Additionally, she earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Indiana State University. Katie holds experience with both teaching and administrative management. After graduating, she became a teacher for Indianapolis Public Schools working with multiple age groups. She managed and supervised an afterschool tutoring program. Following her stint with IPS, she was the Early Childhood and Youth Education Director for a non-profit ministry on the near east-side of Indianapolis where she gained valuable experience in preschool education and curriculum development. While in that position, she led the effort to advance the center from a level 1 to level 3 in the Indiana Path’s to Quality program; a childcare quality rating and improvement system through the state of Indiana. Katie had the opportunity to move and travel growing up, but has called Indianapolis home for the past 13 years. She lives in a century old home in Fountain Square with her rescue dog, Archie. In her spare time, she enjoys art, design, antiquing and exploring new places.