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2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Celeste Kelly

It is with tremendous pride and enthusiasm that Tustin High School presents our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Celeste Kelly. Mrs. Kelly has taught Special Education at Tustin High for fourteen years and has been the Department Chair for the last eight years. She supports and oversees programming for more than 200 students with disabilities ranging from severely medically fragile, to high functioning learning disabilities.

In her work with students, Mrs. Kelly has a crafted approach. She has a fluid connection with all students; from the endearing and affectionate, to the students who deal with challenging mental and physical issues who need a lot of support. If you ask Mrs. Kelly what her favorite part of the job is, she will tell you it is working with students who have struggled for most of their life in school, and supporting them to make it to that finish line: Graduation. Many of her former students come back and say that, if it wasn't for Mrs. Kelly, they honestly do not know where they would be today.

Mrs. Kelly is also an enormous supporter of our Tiller athletic programs and activities. She has been an integral part of school leadership and serves on a variety of committees. She invests a great deal of her personal time to volunteer work as well, including coaching and supporting her own children’s sports programs, and is now the president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at their school.

Please join us in celebrating Mrs. Kelly, as her gift of time, nurturing and leadership at Tustin High School impacts not only our students, but reaches all of Tustin Unified School District, as well as the Tustin Community. She is truly a treasure we cherish. Go Tillers!