Kelly Strain


Kelly is the second teacher at Roycemore. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education and received endorsements in reading and social science. She has always wanted to be a teacher, growing up in the western suburbs playing school in her basement by writing lesson plans and giving spelling tests to her younger sister and neighborhood friends. They still talk about those days and how everyone knew she would someday be a “real” teacher!

She has been teaching at Roycemore for over 5 years. Prior to teaching kindergarten, she was the lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher for three years and also spent one year as a substitute teacher. She remembers after her first day substituting, she left the school thinking how she would love to be a full-time teacher here and was eager to return. Now, over five years later, she is still excited to return to school each day!

Besides teaching, another passion of hers is traveling. During college, she had the opportunity to spend a semester in Eastbourne, England teaching Year 5 students. They were a loving, bright and inquisitive young class! (While there, she got to celebrate, in a crowd of about a million people, the marriage of Prince William and Kate!) More recently, she traveled to Iceland and saw the Northern Lights – a sight she will never forget. She is not sure where her next trip will take her, but she knows it will be an adventure!

Currently, she lives in Chicago and loves all the city has to offer. She enjoys cooking, running, listening to country music, and watching the Cubs – especially when they win!


  • B.S. (Elementary Education) Illinois State University

Favorite Quote

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

-Dr. Seuss

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

Teaching has always been a passion of mine. Every day I walk into a room full of smiling children that are eager to learn and play. I have the power to inspire and ignite curious minds each and every day and this means the world to me. Together we ask questions, calculate, paint, dream, laugh, tell stories, read and make our classroom come to life. I enjoy watching the children discover their passions and develop a love of learning, which I hope will last a lifetime. I serve many roles as a coach, comforter, role model, actor, nurse and confidant. My goal as a teacher is for my students to know that I genuinely care about their success, failures, and will always encourage them to be the best that they can be!

Why Roycemore?

The minute I walked through the doors of Roycemore, I was welcomed with open arms and felt an immediate sense of belonging, and this feeling has never diminished. Roycemore is a community that values a love of learning, acceptance, leadership and respect for others, and I have cherished my 5 years here. The administration is supportive and encourages us to be the best.