Kelly Jo Mills, a fifth grade teacher at Wellington Elementary School, was recently named as a top five finalist of a William T. Dwyer Award in the Elementary Education category.
The award is named after the late William T. Dwyer, a respected community leader and vice president of Pratt & Whitney, Government Products Division.
Mills started her career as a teacher at Northboro Elementary School in 1988, later moving to Liberty Park Elementary School. In 1998, she earned her master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. She then became a guidance counselor at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School until 2003, when she moved to Wellington Elementary School, starting as a guidance counselor before heading back to the classroom.
In 2004, she received the Palm Beach County Elementary Guidance Counselor of the Year Award. During her career, she has had many accomplishments, including acting as the liaison for the Five-Star Award, leading the business partnerships, acting as the Home School Connection chair, promoting Food for Families, serving as the Palm Beach County Literacy Rollout lead teacher, conducting parent trainings on Florida State Standards and much more.
Her zest and love of teaching shine every day. Wellington Elementary School is proud of Mills and congratulates her on her latest achievement. All 2015 nominees, finalists and past award recipients will be honored at the Dwyer Awards ceremony, which will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 6.
ABOVE: Kelly Jo Mills