Dr. Carol L. Kelley

Superintendent, Oak Park Elementary School District 97
Oak Park, IL

Prior to joining District 97, Dr. Carol L. Kelley spent three years as the superintendent of schools for the Branchburg Township School District in New Jersey. Before that, she served as the director for curriculum and instruction for Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey for three years. She was also an elementary teacher and building administrator in New Jersey for a number of years.

Dr. Kelley’s career as an educator has been defined by her passionate belief in the importance of providing every child with the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve. It is this belief that led her to collaborate with key stakeholders on the creation of a shared vision for her current district in Oak Park, IL. It is also this belief that has guided the critical work she has undertaken, as the superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97, to improve the systems, structures and processes that are in place to foster and support staff development and student success.  This work has included the establishment and implementation of professional programs, as well as the introduction of enhanced research-based resources, that have had a positive and profound impact on the overall culture in the district and the quality of the instructional practices being utilized across its 10 buildings.

Dr. Kelley received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA from the University of Virginia. 

She is permanently married to Gary D. Kelley and is the proud mother of two sons, Jordan P. Kelley and Austin C. Kelley.

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