Farewell Ms. Kel

Mrs. Kelly and the 2018-2019 Key Club board gather for a picture after a meeting.

Emily Richie, Crown Writer and Photographer

As the school year comes to an end, Ms. Amy Kelly prepares to say goodbye to a school and students who have forever changed her life. After twelve years, the time has come for her to say goodbye and move on to a new chapter in her life. She is grateful for the time she has spent here and is sad to say goodbye as she has touched the lives of many students, faculty, and staff.

Twelve years ago, Ms. Kelly began teaching at Marian Central. Despite any nerves she may have had, she listened to God and took the job to teach at Marian.“I almost didn’t accept the job offer because I thought of myself as a middle school Language Arts teacher and had never taught at a Catholic school. Looking back, I’m grateful that I listened and took the risk,” says Kelly. Throughout the years, Kelly has been fortunate enough to teach a range of students from teaching English 1 Honors to English 4 Honors.“I learned so much from each course. One year, I was an assistant director with the musical, ‘Wizard of Oz,’ and loved watching the creativity of our students and supporting them as they explored new ways to integrate technology into the theatre; however, the most meaningful aspect of my job has always been Key Club. My involvement with Key Club has shaped me into a more compassionate person and given me rich life experiences for which I’ll always be grateful,” Kelly reminisces. Through Key Club, Kelly has learned values and grown from experiences that have shaped her into the person she is today.

From the twelve years of being at Marian, Key Club has been the provider of Ms. Kelly’s favorite memories. “My favorite memories are my Key Club memories; prom at Valley-Hi, Rake and Run, District Convention Leadership Conference, Care for Cancer 5 Ks, all of it!” These events are what makes Key Club special to the Marian Central community. “Key Club will forever near to my heart. Being the adviser for nine years was an incredible gift. I still keep in touch with so many Key Club officers who have graduated and work in nonprofit management, education, or health care. It’s rewarding to see them carry their love for service into their adult lives,” she says. After years of teaching, Ms. Kelly has many memories that she will always remember. One of which is when “Regina Antonetti (‘17) and Claire Chrzan (‘17) thought it would be funny to sneak into my classroom in the morning and hide under my desk. Of course, I always leave the door open when I’m making copies, so when I returned and went to sit down, Regina grabbed my leg! I screamed and then we all laughed. Needless to say, it didn’t happen just once!” Having these funny memories for her is what has truly made this more than a “job” for Kelly.

Memories shared by students and other faculty members have shown her time teaching at Marian has had a special and true impact on the Marian culture and community. Her students have learned so many important lessons, both academic and life lessons, some of which are “we went to the District Convention Leadership Conference my sophomore year and she ordered pizza for us at 11:30 am after room check” Ellen Sharp (12). Some other favorite memories happened outside of Key Club, “when Ms. Kel brought in donuts for us the day before the ACT and made sure all of the students knew they were all more than just a number” Matt Wember (11).  Additionally, faculty members will be left with fond memories of Kelly’s support and friendship throughout the twelve years at Marian. “I never had the pleasure of being in Ms. Kelly’s class when I was a student, but I was so grateful she was here when I came back to teach English. I don’t know how I would have survived my first year of teaching all new classes without her being a part of the English Department, working together with all of us to build an amazing department and curriculum for our students,” says English Teacher, Kasey Gallagher (‘08). Whether it is in the classroom, Key Club Meetings, or in the teacher’s lounge, the memories and legend of Ms. Amy Kelly’s impact on Marian will be ingrained in the Marian community for year’s to come.