Kelly Otto

Coupled with her upbringing on a “Centennial Crop Farm” and experiences as a teacher and counselor, Kelly Otto has a passion for helping students envision their life beyond their circumstances, set goals, and identify the actionable steps to achieve them. Before becoming the school counselor at Concord High School, Kelly taught middle school science, math, social studies, and academic support for eighteen years. Kelly has also had experience teaching third grade summer school, summer school science for the Jackson County Youth Center, and has acted as the advisor for yearbook, student council, and a group for middle school girls called the “Safe.” Kelly earned her bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a triple minor in physical science, mathematics, and middle level education from Central Michigan University and her Masters in School Counseling from Spring Arbor University.


Day 2
January 19, 2023
1:45 pm

Developing Intentional Systems to Support Social Emotional Learning in a Rural Community

Great Lakes V (Lower Level)
19 January
Time:  1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Great Lakes V (Lower Level)

How do you put out a dumpster fire when you have limited resources, limited buy-in, and a general lack of understanding around mental health and challenging student behaviors? Recognizing significant trauma, mental health needs, absenteeism, and discipline issues connected to missing skills drove our administrative team to find proactive ways to change the school climate to meet the needs of our students, staff, and community where they are. In this session, we will share our story, and help attendees identify spaces within their district where they can embed pieces of this work into existing systems to create positive change. No fancy fire extinguishers needed!

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