Kelly’s passion for aviation and education began when she was still a teenager and took her first flight at Concord, NC (JQF). A Charlotte native and former high school teacher, Kelly attended UNCC for her undergraduate degree in history, then taught US history and law. She went on to earn a Master’s degree (UNCC) and Ed.S. (UNCG), which gave her the opportunity to enter school administration before changing careers. Educationally, Kelly focused on data driven instruction and key indicators of student success. This transition for her as a reflective practitioner in education wasperfect preparation to be a flight instructor!
Kelly followed her heart and moved to Dallas, TX to earn her Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, and CFII certificates and ratings so she could fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a flight instructor. Her specialty is the G1000 glass cockpit platform. She has helped many students reach their goals of becoming a pilot, earning ratings, and becoming a commercial pilot. Her students boast about her patience and ability to simplify even the most difficult subjects. Often, you will see Kelly working with students individually or in groups to create a learning experience tailored around the individual student’s learning style. Additionally, Kelly believes in teaching her students more than just mastery of the aircraft, but also being a safe competent pilot that can fly in any complex airspace.
Kelly’s passions include mentoring high school students with a focus on helping them achieve their goals of being a career pilot, career transition for students looking to began their exciting career in aviation as an adult learner, volunteering with Civil Air Patrol, and teaching students the G1000 glass cockpit platform – she has over 700 hours logged in this platform! Her flight educational experiences include working with both domestic and international flight students in part 61 and part 141 schools. If you ask Kelly if she ever gets tired of being a teacher, you will see her face light up as she talks about her students’ joy in their first solo or the first time they fly through a cloud. Her hard work and dedication to students is evident from the number of student success stories. From day one, she works to fly around her student’s schedule. You will also see Kelly excited about providing Biennial Flight Reviews, Instrument Proficiency Checks, and pilot services!
Kelly plans to continue as a career instructor professionally as long as there are students wanting to learn how to fly.