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Jennifer Kelley

English Teacher, Upper School

Jennifer joined the English department faculty in 2010. She holds a B.A. in English Education from Shorter College and an M.A. in English from Clemson University. While working on her M.A. at Clemson, she also studied for a semester at Oxford University before completing work toward her Ph.D. in English at the University of Georgia. Before coming to Darlington, Jennifer was an assistant professor of English and the Writing Center founder and director at Shorter College. She was also named Junior Faculty Teacher of the Year at Shorter in 2009. Since her time at Darlington, Jennifer has presented at several conferences throughout the Southeast on her work with design thinking in the classroom and was named STAR Teacher for Darlington School, the Rome/Floyd County School Districts, and for Region I. During the summer, she is also a certified College Board grader for the AP Literature and Composition exam. She is the mother of Grant (’23) and Quinn Sikes (’31).

Contact Information
AP English Literature
English 3
College Education
ABD University of Georgia
B.A. Shorter College
M.A. Clemson University

Episode 114: A Look at the Writing Center

June 15, 2023
In this episode, Content Manager Maddie Chastain talks with Emma Adams ('23) and Upper School English teacher Jennifer Kelley about the work they have done to create a new Writing Center for Darlington Upper School students through Adams' Senior Ventures project. They discuss how the Writing Center will benefit students, the development process and future plans for the Writing Center and the Tiger Tutors. 

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Professional Development Spotlight: GISA Presentations

Upper School | Rebekah Kinney, October 10, 2019
The Georgia Independent School Association annual conference will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Tallulah Falls school in Tallulah Falls, Ga. and five members of the Darlington faculty will be presenting at the conference.

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My Reflections on the NCTE Conference

Upper School | Melissa Smyly, February 4, 2019
I attended the NCTE conference in November, and it was amazing! I'm grateful for the Thatcher Professional Development Grant which made it possible!

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Liu ('18) Named Rome City STAR Student

February 23, 2018
Darlington senior and STAR Student Peter Liu ('18) has been named a 2018 Rome City PAGE STAR winner. Liu selected Jennifer Sikes, an English teacher at Darlington School, as his STAR Teacher.

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Professional Development Spotlight: Darlington Represents at GaETC

Academic Administration | Beth Wardlaw, November 17, 2017
Several faculty members from both Pre-K to 8 and the Upper School attended and presented at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, compliments of the Thatcher Professional Development Grant.

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DarDesigners: Replacing the Podium With Flexible Classroom Seating

Academic Administration | Jennifer Kelley, April 23, 2017
DarDesigners is kicking the podium to the curb and replacing it with flexible classroom seating.

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DarDesigners: Can Spaces Inspire Passion?

Academic Administration | Jennifer Kelley, April 12, 2017
“Did you know that schools in the United States began as a way to train factory workers?” This was one of the first questions Darlington graduate Rostam Zafari (‘14) asked the DarDesigners during his visit at the end of March.

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DarDesigners: Rethinking Our Classrooms and Ourselves as Learners

Academic Administration | Jennifer Kelley, April 9, 2017
How much does space and atmosphere affect motivation and learning? Even though we've been sitting in classrooms for years, the DarDesigners are on a mission to answer that question!

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What Does a Confident Contributor Look Like?

Communications | Tannika King , February 9, 2017
This year, Darlington has had the opportunity to work with Atlanta PR and marketing firm Jackson Spalding to hone in on how we tell our story, and on Wednesday of last week, we shared this work with our faculty and staff.

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Professional Development Spotlight: Apple Vanguard Training

Information Technology | Rebekah Kinney, September 28, 2016
Ten faculty members will earn their Apple Vanguard Certifications during the 2016-17 school year.

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