Kelly Valdmanis has been an educator in public and private schools since 2004. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College in New York City, where she was recognized for graduating with a 4.0 for her coursework. While living in Manhattan, Kelly taught for several years at the city’s top public elementary school, P.S. 6, on the Upper East Side. In her teaching career, Kelly has taught various ages ranging from Kindergarten through Junior High School. In 2009, Kelly and her family moved to Senegal, Africa where she taught at the International School of Dakar 4 years. Kelly returned to her home state of Maine in 2013, where she received her Maine Teaching Certification for grades K-8. Kelly joined L’Ecole Française du Maine in 2014, along with her twin boys, Laird and Dylan, who attend the school. In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys knitting, marathon training, stand up paddle boarding, growing food, and is currently teaching herself how to play the ukulele.