I grew up in

rural Southeast Ohio in the small town of Byesville. My family is deeply rooted in both Guernsey and Noble counties and the small, farm-town way of life is heavily ingrained.

After graduating from Ohio University, I decided to trade in my small-town life for a place with more of the action I craved as a 23-year-old. I decided to take my talents to Cleveland.

My first teaching job was at an elementary school in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. After 2 and a half years of teaching there, I was laid off due to budget cuts. Later that summer, I was hired by Stow-Munroe Falls to teach at Fishcreek Elementary.

I'm now in my 13th year teaching fourth grade at Fishcreek. Although my residence isn't in the city of Stow, this community has welcomed me and has made me feel like this is home. The people of Stow and Munroe Falls are friendly and down-to-earth, which reminds me of where I grew up. Just like my hometown, the schools here are the heart of the community.

In an attempt to try to give back in some way to the community that has given me so much, Fishcreek will now have an official Little Free Library that'll be located right outside the school. The general public is invited to take a book and leave a book at any time. I hope to spread my love of reading to as many people as possible.

I love teaching in SMFCSD because I work with unparalleled colleagues, administrators, and families. Everyone has the same goal: to help students succeed, to reach beyond their potential, and to dream on.

Kelly Gallagher Mack, Hudson