As the strategy assistant for high school innovation, Kelsea assists in strengthening school systems and college access practitioners through professional development, research, data, innovation, investment and technical assistance. She does this through managing professional development webinars, supporting the College Bound Michigan Initiative, and managing the career and college readiness specialist professional learning community.
Prior to joining MCAN, Kelsea was a high school social studies educator. Her past five years were spent at FlexTech High School where she was instrumental in designing community-based projects and developing advisory curriculum and experiences. When she wasn't directly teaching content, she was supporting students in social-emotional development, designing educational pathways, and taking next steps to college. Her experience as a classroom teacher provided her with a unique lens on issues of equity in education and motivated her to expand her scope of impact beyond the classroom. She is excited about all of the work that MCAN does to empower and educate young people all across Michigan.
Kelsea graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, which launched her career in education. She also attended Central Michigan University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Curriculum. She always knew she wanted to go to college and was encouraged to do so by her family and friends. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn scholarships which helped alleviate the financial burden of higher education. The experiences, opportunities, and education gained by attending these intuitions is immeasurable and positively impacted her life in hundreds of different ways.
Outside of MCAN, Kelsea enjoys hiking, reading, and travelling to new places with her husband. She is also a professional photographer and loves to capture those special moments for her clients.