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Kelli Caras ('11)

According to Kelli, "Regent prepared me for an amazing career in education. Not only did they fuel the fire within me for the love of learning, they gave me the tools to pass that on to my students." Her time at Regent gave her not only an education, but also lifetime friends, colleagues, and mentors.

Since graduating with her M.Ed. in 2011, Kelli has had the pleasure of teaching middle school science at John Yeates Middle School in Suffolk. Since starting, she has received much recognition for her accomplishments. Those recognitions inlcuded Rookie Teach of the Year at her school, as well as AFCEA Hampton Roads Science Teaching Award for 2011 and 2012. Another accomplishment that she is proud of is her opportunity to help her students through grants which help fund the students' learning activities. Still, it was her most recent nomination that shocked her the most as she was voted one of Hampton Roads' Top Teachers.

In Kelli's own words, "Even though I have received many awards recognizing my work, the best moments in my career have not come with certificates. It has instead been the look of understanding and excitement on the students' faces. Without Regent, I would not have the pleasure of seeing that light in my students' eyes." We wish Kelli all the best and encourage her in her pursuit of excellence and leadership.