About Edtective:

Edtective.com is an education blog by me, Cary Kelly. I write on issues related to education, teaching, and education technology. I’m particularly interested in what it means to teach and in edtech’s potential to improve learning outcomes across disparate cultures, communities and countries.

This blog is my personal exercise in developing informed opinions. I am playing with new perspectives and trying to refine old ideas.

I want to write posts of substance and significance, but I want to write with humor and playfulness. I am not good at this yet, but I am determined to improve. It is too easy to take life too seriously.

Who am I?

Good question. I try to first and foremost identity as a person of great curiosity, empathy, ambition, and love. I’m also known for being an extreme hobbyist: I love to make music, cook, run, read, write, volunteer, organize events, adventure, and ruminate on the big questions of life. As far as main areas of interest, I’m drawn to understand immigration, social movements, civic engagement, and education.

Right now, I’m a master’s student in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. By Fall of 2018, I hope to be a Secondary English teacher. I would also love to directly teach English Language Learners.

Ever since I can remember, I have loved learning and the spaces intended for learning — like schools. I love school, and I’m passionate about working in education for the foreseeable future.

If you’re really interested in my oh-so-fascinating background, below are more details.

I attended Arizona public schools for grades K-12 and Arizona State University for my undergraduate degrees in Economics and Global Politics. For the second half of my undergraduate experience, I conducted education research under the direction of Dr. David Garcia and Dr. Eugene Garcia. That research culminated in my honors undergraduate thesis, “After English: A Study of Support for Reclassified English Language Learners in Arizona.”

I spent summer of 2014 as a blogger and freelance journalist in Mexico City. There I started this blog, writing articles on education technology in Latin America. I eventually made a documentary about my findings, though I have since archived that film. (And as you may have noticed, this blog is no longer about edtech in Latin America.)

After undergraduate, I worked in sales at an education consulting company called Education Elements. Ed Elements helps school districts to create classrooms with more impactful and self-directed learning experiences. They talk about personalized learning a lot, which means different things to different people, but it’s usually pretty exciting.

Now I’m studying to be a teacher. And I am thrilled.


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