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Mike Kelly

British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago

Year 6 Teacher

This school is different to all the others I have worked at because the class sizes are so much smaller than those I have previously taught, two-thirds the size in fact! We have lots of Specialist Teachers that enable students to learn really specific skills at a very young age. 

After receiving my Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of the West of England, I worked for a year as a substitute teacher to experience teaching and learning methods in a variety of schools and gain experience with multiple year groups.

In 2007, I accepted a job in the Primary School I originally attended as a child. Initially, I taught Year 5 but moved onto Year 6 for my second and third year, achieving some of the best SAT results in the city. Since then, I have been teaching across  Primary School year groups.

I am an avid soccer fan and enjoying playing for various teams throughout Chicago, with varying degrees of success! I enjoy travel and am still enthralled by trying to see all the exciting sights and experiences this country has to offer. I love to read and dine out, as well as cycle around the city when the weather permits!

What Students Say

“I like Mr. Kelly because he is funny, nice as a teacher, and encourages me to do harder Math and English, not the easy things.”

“Mr. Kelly likes to play fun learning games and he makes learning exciting.”

“I like Mr. Kelly because he is very funny, kind, helpful and gentle.”