Kelly grew up in Northern Virginia with her mother and younger sister. She moved to Harrisonburg in August, 2012, to attend James Madison University where she majored in History and minored in Studio Art. While in school, Kelly met her husband, Zac, which prompted her to stay in the Shenandoah area after graduating. Kelly and Zac married in 2017 and welcomed their first daughter in January, 2021.
Kelly discovered Our Neighborhood and was intrigued with its approach to early childhood education and how children’s natural play and exploration is integrated into the process. She values giving children a voice for their own learning and is excited about contributing to an environment full of empathy, respect, and community through collaboration.