Dr. Kelly Muic is a public school administrator passionate about shaping the future of learning. She advocates for an educational shift in teaching academic content by incorporating the development of deeper learning competencies into daily instructional and learning experiences. Kelly is the Elementary School Principal, Federal Programs Coordinator and Pre-K Coordinator for the Frazier School District, a small rural district located in southwestern Pennsylvania since 2011.
Prior to this position, Kelly has been a school counselor, high school principal, district administrator, and a child/adolescent therapist. Most importantly, she has been dedicated to increasing STEM educational opportunities within the Frazier School District. She has identified and created the vision to obtain grant funding that resulted in the creation of a simulation classroom and tinker/maker space promoting creativity and critical thinking for nearly 600 elementary students. She also has built strong collaborations with various teachers in her school that resulted in an aquaponics/hydroponics greenhouse; yearly additions to the maker education program; and establishing an elementary robotics program. Kelly is also a strong supporter of design thinking used as an impactful alternative to the current educational model through self-directed learning and the application of skills and knowledge that develop students’ understanding and empathy regarding the social, economic and cultural differences that exist in their schools and in the world. Kelly believes that students should be able to integrate feeling and thinking in ways that make them inseparable using this integrated thinking approach.
Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science degree in School Psychology and K-12 Principal Certification both from the California University of Pennsylvania. Her Doctorate of Education was earned at Point Park University in Leadership and Administration. In 2017, Kelly completed a School Retool Fellowship where she learned how small hacks can bring about big change. In 2016, Kelly was invited to represent public school educators at the “Advancing Active STEM Education for our Youngest Learners” Symposium at the White House due to her contributions in promoting STEM learning for children.