English teacher and Theatre Arts instructor, Pittsford Central School District
Upon graduation in 2010, Kelli Loucks was hired at Pittsford Central School District as a high school English teacher. In addition to teaching 9th and 11th grades, Kelli is also the Theatre Arts instructor at Mendon High School, and serves as co-advisor to the Sutherland Drama Club. She assistant-directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in the fall, and will continue her position during next year’s spring drama.
Kelli also enrolled in Nazareth College’s M.A.L.S. program in spring of 2011, and is pursuing a theatre-focused capstone project. She will research and propose the benefits of theater training for secondary classroom educators. This project is shaped by Kelli’s success as a young professional, which she attributes to her Nazareth theatre training. The value the Theatre and Dance Department placed on character development and communication techniques, as well as collaborating with others for a common cause has prepared her for both the theatre and non-theatre related aspects of her life, and inspire her to instill these values in her own students.