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Mrs. Ara McKelvey

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About Me
I can't believe that this will be my 20th year teaching! My journey has been a wild, but exciting ride. I started in California teaching 6th grade in an elementary school, but destiny brought my family and me to Fort Tavelli! I spent 9 years here teaching English language acquisition. The possibilities of integrating technology into instruction have always fascinated me. I completed a master's degree in Instructional Technology and am currently working on a doctorate in the same area. This passion led me to join the district's Educational Technology team. During those 4 years, I had the opportunity to work in almost every content area with teachers and students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. It was wonderful working with so many people in so many different capacities, but my heart was calling me back to the classroom. I am extremely happy to be back at Tavelli and to be part of such a dynamic and devoted community.
My family has always been very supportive of my teaching and learning. Whether it's helping to gather and organize materials, offering insights from different perspectives, or giving emotional support, they have always been there. My husband, Scott, works in hospitality but always dreamed of being a teacher. He's always eager to lend a hand when needed. We have 2 sons, Travis and Kieran. Travis is 25 and has long since graduated from high school. He spent time in the Marines and now lives and works in Oregon. No matter how busy he gets, he still tries to find time to play his drums. Kieran went to Tavelli from kindergarten through 5th grade. He is now a senior in high school and is trying to figure out what he wants to do next. If he had to choose right now, it would probably be performing arts. He loves to sing, dance, and play guitar and drums.