Interest and Experience in Education: David Orace Kelly, MFA, MAT, is a career arts educator. Since 2007, he has taught in both the USA private school system (Middle School Drama and Social Studies) and in the UK international school system (IGCSE English, KS3-4 Drama, IGCSE History, and IB Program Development).
Most recently, he joined the International School of Morocco to develop the Secondary Education program (KS3 – KS4, IGCSE, and IB DP). Core to this work, he has helped to shape the school structure, philosophy and instructional sequence. Collaborating with the Maths and Science department the students engage in collaborative learning that integrates both creativity and open-minded Project Based Learning and “traditional” academic skills such as technical writing, artifact analysis, and academic reading.
Formerly, as the Drama Department Head at Explorer West Middle School, he created a three-year theatre program that takes each student from page to stage. The program has earned students top playwright honor awards from ACT Theatre in Seattle Washington, attracted the attention of the movie company Mighty Tripod Productions which now produces films with David’s middle school students, and takes students to above grade level standards for the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. He is also a co-founder of the award winning debate team at his middle school in both NSDA and Seattle WA Local leagues.
In addition to IB training in Theatre Arts, Literature A, and Theory of Knowledge, he holds an Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University with endorsements in Theatre Arts and English Language Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BFA in Performance from Naropa University, and has studied at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in northern California.