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Kelly L. Hollis

 kellyhollis@mhollis.com www.khollis.com

PA Certificates: Social Studies 7-12, English 7-12, Communications 7-12




Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                                          August 2009 – May 2011

                Master of Science in Education, Social Studies, Secondary Education (GPA: 4.0)

                                Member of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society, Academic Scholarship


Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                             August 2004 – May 2007

                Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

Full Academic Scholarship, Admitted to the Bar of PA, Business Law Journal, Duquesne University Arbitration Team, Economic Community Development Clinic, Public Interest Law Society, Summer Study of Law in Ireland


Grove City College, Grove City, PA                                                                                                                                  August 2000 – May 2004

                Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in French Studies

Accounting Department Tutoring Session Leader, Dean’s List, Gamma Sigma Phi Sorority (Executive Board), Symphony Orchestra (Principal Chair), Homecoming Committee, Pre-Law Society


Bethel Park Senior High School, Bethel Park, PA                                                                                                              Diploma, June 2000

                Graduated with Highest Honors

National Honor Society, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Homecoming Steering Committee, Prom Committee





Ft. Couch Middle School – Upper St. Clair School District, Pittsburgh, PA                                                January  2012 – February 2012

                Long-Term Substitute Social Studies Teacher

  Courses Taught: 8th Grade History - International Baccalaureate Organization Program

  Designed and implemented lesson plans to maximize student learning in fully integrated classrooms while working within the curriculum of the IB program.

  Took over teacher’s lessons on short notice due to emergency and finished unit lessons, including review and administration of mid-term exams.

   Worked closely with team teachers to assist with various programs outside of the Social Studies classroom, including workshops and the school-wide anti-bullying program. 

  Developed tiered lessons and activities in order to make learning meaningful and accessible to students of varying ability levels.

Avonworth High School – Avonworth School District, Pittsburgh, PA                                                      August  2011 – November 2011

                Long-Term Substitute Social Studies Teacher

  Courses Taught: Advanced Placement United States History, Anthropology, Conspiracy Theories

  Designed and implemented lesson plans to maximize student learning in fully integrated classrooms.

  Created lesson plans to simulate a college classroom in order to help students meet challenges associated with a rigorous AP course.

  Promoted student-centered learning by engaging students in lessons such as Socratic Discussions, jigsaw activities, and student-created newspapers and museum displays.

  Developed activities, projects, writing prompts and assessment tools that emphasized critical thinking, analytical skills, and authentic tasks.


Thomas Jefferson High School – West Jefferson Hills School District, Jefferson Hills, PA                         January 2011 – April 2011

                Student Teacher

  Courses Taught: 10th Grade Government, 11th Grade United States History

  Integrated technology into classroom instruction, including computer lab activities (such as “Web Quests”) and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by both the teacher and students.

  Developed activities, projects, writing prompts and assessment tools that emphasized critical thinking, analytical skills, and authentic tasks.

  Participated fully as a faculty member, including performing all administrative tasks in the classroom, handling teacher duties such as study hall and chaperoning an off-site school dance.


Field Experiences: Peters Township Middle School (Fall 2009); Bethel Park Senior High School (Fall 2010).




Kaplan PMBR                                                                                                                                                                           August 2008 – Present

                Legal Editor, Attorney at Law

  Work with a team to design and implement curriculum for a professional Bar Exam review course.

  Write and edit educational materials for Bar Exam preparation which meet the standards of a variety of jurisdictions.

  Assist in many specialty projects such as grading essays, leading university-based student teams, handling a “hotline” for struggling students and creating materials for the tutoring program.


Grove City College                                                                                                                                                              August 2003 – May 2004

Professors’ Assistant, Accounting Department

  Led weekly group tutoring sessions and provided one-on-one tutoring for lower-level accounting students.

  Handled administrative duties such as proctoring exams, grading exams and projects, and organizing materials for class.





Beier, Beier & Beier, LLP – Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                                May 2006 – October 2008

                Associate Attorney

  Refined communication skills by handling a variety of litigation cases, which required close contact with clients and opposing counsel, as well as various appearances in court.

  Enhanced organizational skills by managing a full caseload, including all applicable deadlines for filing of pleadings and motions.

  Honed problem-solving skills by researching a variety of legal issues, creatively developing favorable solutions to these issues, and setting forth these solutions in a clear and logical manner.




St. Valentine Parish – Bethel Park, PA                                                                                                                             August 2004 – Present

                CCD (Sunday School) Teacher

  Grades Taught: 2nd Grade, 5th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade (currently teaching 8th Grade)

  Responsible for designing and implementing curriculum which aligns with diocese standards, using the provided course materials as well as supplemental materials.

  Develop activities and projects that emphasize critical thinking and provide the opportunity for students to engage in authentic activities.

  Handle classrooms which have included a variety of students, including those with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral issues.


Animal Friends - Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                                                        Spring 2009 – Present

                Volunteer, “Humane Education” Program

  Assist with programs, including summer day camps, designed to educate children and the public about a variety of issues such as animal safety, respect, and the responsibilities of pet ownership.

  Responsible for handling small group interactions with cats and kittens, including demonstrations and interactive presentations.




Mr. Kenneth Lockette – Principal, Avonworth High School

                Phone Number: 412-366-6360 ext. 1600

                E-Mail: KLockette@avonworth.k12.pa.us


Mr. Timothy Haselhoff – Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School

Phone Number: 412-655-8610

E-Mail: thaselhoff@wjhsd.net


Mr. Joseph DeMar – Principal, Ft. Couch Middle School

Phone Number: (412) 833-1600 ext. 3001

E-Mail:  jdemar@uscsd.k12.pa.us  


Ms. Kelly (Spencer) Scears – Social Studies Cooperating Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School

                Phone Number: 412-655-8610

E-Mail: kspencer@wjhsd.net


Dr. Kim Hyatt – Faculty Member, Duquesne University School of Education

Phone Number: 412-396-4794

E-Mail: hyatt@duq.edu


Mr. Jeffrey Boggess – Social Studies Teacher/Mentor, Avonworth High School

                Phone Number: 412-366-6360

E-Mail: JBoggess@avonworth.k12.pa.us


Mr. Bill Corbin – Social Studies Cooperating Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School

                Phone Number: 412-655-8610

E-Mail: wacst5@hotmail.com 


Dr. Clark Remington – Faculty Member, University Supervisor, Duquesne University School of Education

                E-Mail: remingtonc@duq.edu


Dr. Sarah Peterson – Faculty Member, Duquesne University School of Education

Phone Number: 412-396-4037

E-Mail: petersonse@duq.edu 


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