Barbara B. Kelley

Retired – Physical Education
Bangor, Maine
Total years as a classroom teacher: 29

“It is important to me that no student should ever feel inept or
inadequate in my program: my motto was they simply hadn’t learned a
skill or concept yet .” – Barbara Kelley

Barbara has dedicated herself to two basic propositions: providing a
consistently high quality, equitable physical education program to all
of her students while working to elevate the stature of teachers and the
teaching profession.

One message that Barbara hopes to convey is that it is not only the
right, but also the responsibility of teachers to participate in
education policy decisions. When teachers finally accept the role of
education leaders, when teacher leaders are the rule rather than the
exception; that is when we will have moved the profession forward and
significantly increased the likelihood of improved student learning.

“Young people that have had the privilege to be taught by Mrs. Kelley
learn patience, kindness, teamwork, self-confidence and tenacity. These
are the lessons that helped me as her student and years later my own
children in our daily lives.” –Bethany Austin, Former Student &

“Barbara Kelley’s actions on behalf of students, teachers and
community earned her the highest level of respect. She is a bright and
dedicated professional. She possesses the capacity and demonstrated
abilities to succeed in the classroom as well as an articulate
spokesperson representing teachers. Her efforts serve as an inspiration
to all who were fortunate to associate with her work.” — James F.
Doughty, Former Superintendent



M.S., Business, Husson College


M.Ed., University of Maine


B.S., Physical Education, Longwood College

Teaching Experience


Grades K-3, Physical Education, Bangor, ME


Varsity High School Field Hockey Coach, Bangor, ME


Varsity High School Tennis Coach, Bangor, ME


Grades 6-8, Physical Education, Bangor, ME


Grades 7-9, Physical Education, Bangor, ME


Grades K-5, Physical Education, Bangor, ME


Grades 5-7, Physical Education, Mecklenburg County, VA

Special Recognition

2003 – Present

Board of Directors for James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership & Policy


Board of Directors for Donors Choose NC, web based philanthropy organization


One of three panelists to present at the Quality of Education Conference in Athens, Greece

1997 – 03

Chair, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors (Only teacher to chair)


Co-presenter at Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools


Leader of NBPTS Certified Teachers in Australia and New Zealand for the People to People Ambassadors Program


Featured Speaker at the First Lady’s White House Summit on Teacher Quality


Collaborated with former Executive Vice-President of NBPTS and Dean
of Education at Alverno College on the development process for
accrediting professional development programs for Romanian teachers.


Led a “Teaching Standards Delegation” of 180 educators to China over a
12 day period for the People to People Ambassadors Program


Named “One of Ten People Who Shaped the Decade in American Education” by Teacher Magazine


Recognized by the Maine State Legislature for excellence as an educator and outstanding leadership in the Bangor School system


Milken National Educator Award


Vice President, Maine Education Association


Elected Vice-Chair of the NBPTS Board of Directors


Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance


One of two Maine teachers appointed by Governor John McKernan to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on School Funding


Named Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the Maine High School Coaches Association