On July 9th, veteran teacher Aaron Morris was announced as the new principal of Dr. Marcella R. Kelly School in Holyoke. Born and raised in Holyoke, Morris has worked for Holyoke Public Schools for 20 years.
Morris completed his student teaching in Holyoke and has been with the district ever since. He began his career as an elementary school teacher at Kelly School before transitioning to teaching middle school math. Since then, he has served as assistant principal at Kelly School and then as assistant principal at William R. Peck Middle School.
Morris reflected, “When the opening came up at Kelly, it felt right to return here where I started. The school shaped so much of my early career as an educator and shaped my beliefs about what it means to be an educator in Holyoke. They’ve made great gains in terms of developing a warm and welcoming atmosphere and really working together as a community of learners and staff. Coming here was exciting to me because I was going to be able to continue that work with them and build on that.”
One of his goals as principal is to continue to develop the dual language program offered by the school. They plan to introduce kindergarten and grade 1 to the dual language program this year.
Kelly School’s mission encourages students and the school community to work hard, be kind, and share their voice.
Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Westfield State in 2002 and his master’s degree in elementary education from Westfield State in 2008.
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