Joining this distinguished group of Presidential Award recipients comes as a great honor and responsibility. I am humbled to find myself surrounded by a diverse collection of colleagues who continuously strive to improve their craft. Elementary educators are the foundation builders, and I am grateful to be counted among those who work tirelessly to help students make meaning of mathematics.
Jalyn Kelley has been a professional educator in the Logan City School District for 16 years and has taught at Wilson Elementary School for the past four years. She started her career teaching kindergarten. She has taught fourth grade for the last 11 years.
Jalyn is continually looking for ways to increase her knowledge of mathematics and improve classroom instruction. Her use of purposeful depth of knowledge questioning guides student thinking and engages learners in mathematical discourse. Math Talk is a critical thinking tool that is evident in her classroom.
Jalyn is a district mathematics trainer and has provided professional development for other school districts in Utah. As a result of collaborating with Jessica Shumway, the author of "Number Sense Routines," Jalyn and her students were selected to be videotaped by Stenhouse Publishers as they worked through their number sense routines. The video, "Go Figure!" was released in May of 2014. Jalyn has presented at Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conferences.
Jalyn has a B.S. in multidisciplinary studies from Eastern Oregon University and is in the process of completing her M.Ed. at Utah State University. She has completed the Utah Elementary Mathematics Endorsement and is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade.