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Kelley Nelson 

Director of Education and Partnerships 

phone: 612.252.8367 ext. 102 

Kelley Nelson brings a passion for social justice and educational equity to her position at The Fort. An east coast native, Kelley spent 10 years with The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, working with families to prepare for and find success at highly competitive academic programs where they had been traditionally under-represented, before relocating to Minnesota serve as Director of Diversity at The Blake School. Most recently she worked in Community Partnerships with St. Paul Public Schools and the East Metro Integration District.

Tennis experience: I've played tennis since I was 5. I have distinct memories of watching my parents play when I was a toddler. My grandmother played into her 80s.  I was a four-year high school Varsity player in my hometown of East Lyme, Connecticut; I took a break from college until a couple of years ago.

Favorite tennis moment: Billie Jean King and the Battle of the Sexes.

Favorite tennis player on pro circuit: Williams sisters

What makes an exceptional tennis player: Focus, strategy, consistency.

When I’m losing a match, I focus on: Just hitting it in!

When I’m winning a match, I focus on: Higher quality, strategic shots

Favorite food: Lobster (I was born in Maine... it is in my blood.) 

People would be most surprised to learn I can... Remember the words of most songs I have heard... and know who sang them.

Three items on my “bucket list”: Travel to South Africa & Greece; become a better tennis player; raise confident, sensitive, thoughtful, resilient fun-loving boys

Best advice ever received: Be yourself... everyone else is already taken.

When I’m not at FWTEC, I enjoy: Running, yoga, reading, movies and music.