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Kelly McDonnell's Profile


Kelly McDonnell

Language Arts

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About Me

Educational History:

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  • Graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School, Sterling Illinois
  • Graduated from Kansas State University


Degrees and Certifications:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Highly Qualified in English Language Arts


Current Position:

  • I began my teaching career with the Belle Plaine School District in 1984.
  • I taught First grade for 15 years and Second grade for five more years.
  • I joined the Middle School Staff in 2004.
  • I currently teach 6th Grade English Classes and  6th -8th grade Reading/Math Intervention Classes.

Family Information:



  • In February of 1983, I married my high school sweetheart, Tim. He is a Forester and a retired Firefighter. We live on a farm outside of Belle Plaine.
  • We have two daughters, Emily and Kristin.
  • Emily is married to Justin Lewis. They live in Iowa. Emily teaches 3rd grade, and Justin teaches high school math. They have a seven year old son, Lane.
  • Kristin is married to Brandon Dooley. They live in Wichita, Kansas. Kristin is a Math Specialist at Maize South Elementary. Brandon runs B’s Moto Lab, his own motocross mechanic business in Wichita. They have two daughters, Fallyn (2 years) and Haven (5 months)


Kelly McDonnell

Upcoming Events

Lesson Plans

A Note About Lesson Plans

Please understand that lesson plans are a guide line and are subject to change for many valid reasons. Updates/changes will not always appear on the lesson plan calendar. Please contact me or the school office regarding lessons and homework assigned during your child’s absences. Thank you.

Updated lessons and assignments are posted daily on the Middle School homework pages.Clipboard

Flexible Seating

Our Language Arts classroom set employs the concept of Flexible Seating. This means that students make a daily choice about where to sit in our classroom so that their best learning can occur.

Why Flexible Seating?

  • Students are in charge of making positive choices for their learning.
  • Students are motivated by having the power to choose.
  • Students are engaged in their work for longer periods of time.
  • More classroom space for students to move and collaborate.
  • Students are more comfortable, which leads to increased focus.

What Flexible Seating looks like:

  • Students standing at tall tables
  • Students sitting on the floor
  • Students using yoga balls
  • Students spreading out on yoga mats
  • Students sittting on business chairs
  • Students working under tables

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  • Students comfortably engaged in work

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