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Deborah Kelly

I feel honored each day to have the opportunity to serve as the principal of Blue River Elementary! The parents, students and staff are second to none! The feeling of community that is present at our school is phenomenal. We, as a staff, feel strongly that educating the whole child is the key to success. Therefore, not only do we meet in professional learning communities to discuss effective teaching strategies, use technology as a means to engage students at a high level and plan interactive lessons, we also have clubs (student council, character club and green team) and other activities that connect students to school beyond the academic realm.

This is my twelfth year as the principal at Blue River. Prior to that I served in the Kansas City, Missouri School District for 20 years as a teacher, resource teacher, assistant principal, principal and at the district office. I have one son, Ryan, who is in college at Kansas State University. I enjoy traveling, reading, walking, working in my yard and watching sports!

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I'm happy to meet with you or communicate with you in whatever avenue works best for you! Always remember, it's a great day to be a Bobcat!!


Deborah L. Kelly
Principal, Blue River Elementary​