Tell us a little about yourself and your role in the community. What makes Manchester special to you?

Kelly Jobel, Teacher, Manchester School District

This is my 21st year working in the Manchester School District. During this time I have had several different roles at Parker-Varney School and now the District Office. I have worked with some very dedicated school leaders and many of our community partners, who have brought some amazing programs into our district such as the Fourth Grade STEAM ahead program. I am very involved in many projects between the Manchester School District and the community such as the Bookmobile and Summer Learning, I am invested in our community and work hard to make a difference in the lives of our students and families.. What makes Manchester special to me, are the people in the community and their passion for making a difference in our city.

How are you involved in Manchester Proud and why is this work important to you?

Most recently, my work with Manchester Proud has focused on participating in the Root Cause Analysis Group specifically helping our families with access to the internet and technology during this period of Remote Instruction. The Manchester Proud work is important to me because it has brought attention to the need for our community to come together to support our school system.

Fast forward five years: share with us your aspirations and vision for Manchester’s public schools.

In five years, my vision for Manchester School District is to develop rigorous and high graduation standards that provide opportunities for personalized learning , student voice, increased engagement and encouragement for our students to give back and be contributing members in their own community. I would like to see the community’s support of meeting our students basic needs during COVID continued into our everyday routines. I would also like to see a clear, combined and consistent effort throughout the community to prepare our youngest members to be ready to learn when they enter our schools.