July Student of the Month

Kelly MacDonald is a May 2017 graduate of our Master’s in Reading Education. Kelly’s undergraduate degree was in Elementary Education, housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) in the Reich College of Education.

Choosing Appalachian 

Originally from Exeter, New Hampshire, Kelly chose Appalachian State and RESE because of the community.

“I loved Boone and the many outdoor opportunities that this area provides. I chose the Reading Education program because it is extremely rewarding to work individually with local children and watch their progress in learning to read.”


Kelly has been able to work with children in the community by taking courses in the Anderson Reading Clinic (RE 5725 and RE 5740). Additionally, Kelly was able to follow her passion for teaching as a graduate assistant in the clinic. Her responsibilities included maintaining the materials in the Anderson Reading Clinic, providing assessments, and assisting with ongoing research. Being able to work alongside professors as they conduct research and also being able to make a positive impact on children has been fulfilling.

Kelly's Favorite Class?

Kelly had a couple of favorite courses while studying at Appalachian State. One favorite was RE 5130: Teaching the Language Arts taught by Dr. Frye. Kelly says, “It helped me become both a better teacher and writer.” Another favorite was Ashley Pennell's "Advanced Study of Children's Literature" because, “It exposed me to various wonderful children's books that I would love to use in my own classroom.”

Where is she now?

This fall, Kelly will be teaching 3rd grade at Green Valley Elementary School in Boone.

Kelly McDonald
Published: Jul 18, 2017 1:34pm

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