As the music and band teacher for Circle Oil Hill Elementary, Kelly demonstrates a love and enthusiasm for music that engages his students and makes even the shyest of students come out of their shell. As a colleague, I get to see all the “behind-the-scenes” work he puts into every one of his programs. From lighting, to audio, to amazing choreography, he is extremely organized and shows the utmost poise when things don’t go exactly as planned. Along with five programs a year, Kelly prepares speaking parts for his programs for every type of students and personality. This year, I was so excited to watch a little first grader speak a one line part in Kelly’s Kansas Day Program. This little girl, who is terrified to speak in front of her classmates, spoke with confidence and was given so much encouragement and congratulations from Kelly. Kelly has the special talent of eliciting the very best from his students, both in the classroom and outside the classroom. I experience this first hand every day during bus duty. As the students come into the school cafeteria, they find their seats and are instructed to work or read quietly. This is a difficult thing to do for kids at the end of the school day, but when Kelly shows up with his bucket of gum, the cafeteria becomes quiet. Kelly rewards those that follow directions and all the kids are eager to please him. We had a new student come in the middle of the year and during her first week waiting for the bus she asked, “Where’s the gum man?” Kelly’s students love to be around him and work hard to please him.