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2022 Celebrating Excellence in Education winner

Kelly Bailey, Media Center Specialist at Maize South Elementary School, was named one of the 14 Celebrating Excellence in Education Award winners during the 2021-22 school year. She started as a 1st-grade teacher but had a special love for the library and helping students find the perfect book. After 18 years in the classroom, she transitioned to the Media Center Specialist, where she has been for the past three years. She said, “When I taught 1st grade, I got to help students learn how to read. Now, I get the chance to help them find the right book for their interests.”

As both a teacher and librarian, her students have inspired her to find joy and celebrate little things in life. In her new role, she is constantly looking for new book series and ways to integrate technology into learning, and nothing will ever make her happier than seeing kids excited about learning and reading.

Congratulations, Kelly. We are proud to have you as part of the #OneMa1ze team!