This is not surprising, since Kelly is the school nurse and as such she sees students pass through her office with all kinds of ailments, especially during cold and flu season. But, she does a lot more than just treat minor illnesses and injuries. Kelly also is hoping to pass on valuable lessons to students about how to maintain good health throughout a lifetime.
“You can educate them on healthy living. It’s important for me to try to make an impact at this level.”
“I have kids and I think it’s important to be a positive influence, especially at this age with their health,” she said. “You can educate them on healthy living. It’s important for me to try to make an impact at this level.”
In the future, Kelly is also hoping to expand health services for FCTS students.
“I feel strongly that there needs to be an overall health wellness class that encompasses healthy eating, human anatomy education and reproductive health, mental health, and exercise,” she said.
Kelly, who is beginning her second school year at FCTS, is a Turners Falls native and a graduate of Turners Falls High School. Following high school, Kelly went to Greenfield Community College for two years, then onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing. Following graduation, she took a job in Chicopee at Covidien as a product manager for operating room products.
“I was with them for 10 years and then I did consulting for them while I was going to nursing school at Greenfield Community College,” Kelly said. “In May, I earned my master’s degree in nursing from American International College.”
While working for Covidien, Kelly got her master’s degree in business administration from Western New England College. Although Kelly did not initially pursue it as a career, she had a longtime interest in nursing.
“I always had it in the back of my mind when I graduated from high school to go into nursing,” she said. “When I worked at Covidien, I had a chance to work with nurses. I wanted to make a positive impact on people’s lives and help them to be pro-active about their health.”
Kelly’s first nursing job was at Farren Care Center a couple of years ago. She worked there for about five months before she landed a job at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
“I wanted to work in acute care,” Kelly said.
Since coming to FCTS a year ago, Kelly has found that she school has a “great environment” and a “sense of community.”
“People take pride in the school, and the kids in what they’re accomplishing in their shops,” she said.
Kelly’s husband Bill is a Turners Falls Police Department detective. The couple have two sons, Quinn, 16, and Jack, 8. Kelly’s father John, who is deceased, worked as product manager for Greenfield Tap and Die. Kelly’s mother Barbara has retired from teaching at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange. She has two sisters, Karen, who is older, and Jennifer, who is younger.
In her spare times, Kelly likes watching her son Quinn play sports, as well as run and vacation in warm locales like Cancun.