After graduating from the University of Delaware with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Kelly earned her Master’s Degree from Wilmington University in School Leadership and Instruction. As a young child in elementary school herself, Kelly always knew she wanted to become a teacher as she was fascinated with her own teachers including Ms. Lekites in first grade.
“I was always curious of how she seemed to know everything and how she cared for all of the kids,” commented Dee. “I was very interested and knew that is what I wanted to do when I grew up.”
Dee says that being in the classroom and spending time with the kids is rewarding and that each day she is excited to be a positive influence in the lives of her students. “I can honestly say that when I walk to my car at the end of the day I have made a difference,” commented Dee. “I find a lot of joy in this job seeing my students grow from the beginning of the year to the end.”
While preparing her students for their academic career, Mrs. Dee also believes that she has a responsibility to serve her community by making sure she teaches her kids to become good citizens and life-long learners. Daily, she impresses upon them several different life lessons which include ideas such as giving 100%, being positive and respecting others.
“I want them to learn life lessons that they can take with them anywhere and everywhere the go,” commented Dee. “Whether that is on the bus or on the ball field I want them to be a positive influence in their lives.”
Now teaching third grade at Lulu Ross Elementary, Dee has an inclusion class which incorporates students with special needs. Using the Response To Intervention program, she uses data-driven instruction to assess each child and provide individualized instruction for subjects including reading, math, writing, science and social studies.
Teaching at the elementary school level for 15 years now, Dee now has students returning from college and military service visiting the classroom and sending letters. Believing that one of the most rewarding aspects of her job includes hearing from former students, she sees herself working in the classroom for years to come.
“I believe I will retire in the classroom, I really do not want to be anywhere else,” commented Dee. “I love it, I am happy when I leave here everyday.”
Woods will now compete at the district level, against her peers in the Milford School District, where the winner of that competition will face distinguished teachers from across the state of Delaware.