Kelly Francis has joined EASTCONN’s Leading and Learning division as a STEM Specialist. Francis comes to EASTCONN from Windham Public Schools, where she served as a school-based and district math coach for three years.
At EASTCONN, Francis will provide district support in a number of STEM specialty areas, including science and math curriculum, instruction, assessment and intervention; project-based learning; rigor and relevance in the classroom; STEM laboratory experiences; structures and systems to support STEM implementation; and instructional coaching.
“My passion has always been teaching STEM subjects, whether in a K-12 classroom or in a professional learning environment with my teaching peers,” said Francis.
Francis will also facilitate EASTCONN’s Science Council, which invites K-12 staff from schools in the EASTCONN region to meet with peers in a collegial, collaborative environment, where they share strategies, discuss new developments in the field and unpack state education mandates. The Science Council is free of charge.
Prior to her work in Windham, Francis taught in Virginia’s Norfolk Public Schools, where she established an innovative curriculum for math, science and history; established multiple SeaPerch Robotic programs; and presented PD for science, math and history, focused around curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Francis earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans. She attended James Madison University, where she earned a certificate in Gifted Education. Francis also holds an M.S. in Science Education, with a focus on math and science, and a post-graduate certification in Teacher Leadership.