Doss High School Teacher Wins ExCEL Award

Kelli Dattilo honored during school ceremony

Kelli Dattilo, an English teacher at Doss High School, has been presented with the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award. Representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and from the award sponsors — LG&E and KU and WHAS11 — honored the teacher January 30 during a ceremony at the school.

“As a teacher at Doss for the past nine years, Kelli has exemplified a level of professionalism and commitment to her students that serves as a model for others,” said Elizabeth Vander Meer, a literacy interventionist at the school.  “She clearly recognizes the importance of equipping her students with the skills they will need to be successful when they leave Doss.”

“Ms. Dattilo’s first priority is always her students’ success,” said Christina Carraro, a fellow English teacher at Doss. “She engages students in the curriculum; plans innovative Project Based Learning units; assesses, records and communicates students’ academic and behavior progress; helps students research and apply to college; and supports students any way she can.” 

Doss High School Teacher Wins ExCEL Award

As English department chair, Kelli coordinates the instructional resources for the entire school’s writing program.  But her leadership extends well beyond the English department.  She also serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team and School-Based Decision Making Council.  In addition, she’s devoted countless hours as a sponsor for the Quick Recall team, National Honor Society and Ladies of Leadership program, and serves as a volunteer photographer for the school’s basketball teams, as well as a mentor for new teachers, among numerous other commitments.  She was twice named Doss High School’s Most Inspirational Teacher, in 2012 and 2016.

As part of LG&E and KU’s commitment to supporting education across the communities it serves, Dattilo and other ExCEL Award winning teachers each receive a $1,000 instructional grant from the company.

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