About Mrs. Riley

RileyGrown up version:

Kelly Riley received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Capital University in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University in 2009. Mrs. Riley is licensed to teach music and reading, and also holds a school principal license for grades PK-9. Mrs. Riley taught elementary music in central Ohio for 11 years, was a technology integration coach for 2 years, and is now the Coordinator of Gifted Services and Resident Educators in the Hilliard City Schools. Mrs. Riley has presented on the topics of technology integration, music and literacy integration, and grant writing. Mrs. Riley also continues to perform music, singing professionally, and with Fior Angelico, a small ensemble specializing in sacred music of the Renaissance.

Kids’ version:Riley Family

I grew up in a town called Hebron that is about 45 minutes east of Hilliard. My parents still live there. My dad is retired from being a UPS driver, and my mom is a published author. I always wanted to be a teacher when I was little. I also really wanted to be a singer and an actress and a doctor and a lot of other things. When I was in about fifth grade I realized I was pretty good at music. My favorite class in high school was called Music Theory. I went to college at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. It took me 4 years to get my degree in Music Education. When I was in college, I sang in the Chapel Choir, and we got to go on a big trip to sing somewhere different every year. I was an elementary music teacher for 11 years and a technology teacher for 2 years before getting my current job working with gifted teachers and new teachers across the district. You might think that teachers already went to school for a long, long time and don’t have to be students anymore. Well, I decided to go back to college…three more times! I completed a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning at OSU in 2009, I finished taking classes that allowed me to get a school principal’s license in 2012, and now I am taking online classes through Arizona State University to learn about gifted education. I love to learn and go to school almost as much as I love being a teacher. I live in the Hilliard City School District with my husband, Justin, our daughter, Cordelia, and our miniature schnauzer, Benny. In my spare time I like to do fun things with my family, read novels, crochet, and sing. Some of my favorite things are:

  • iPad App – iMovie
  • Website – Google Apps for Education
  • Composer – Antonin Dvorak
  • Band – Queen
  • Restaurant – Chipotle
  • Doughnut place – Jolly Pirate
  • Picture book – Big Plans by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Novel – I love too many to choose just one!
  • Movie – “The Sound of Music” (it’s rated G so if you haven’t seen it, you MUST!)
  • Vacation spot – Anywhere with a beach and snorkeling
  • Accessory – Scarves
  • Color – Pink