A lifelong educator and mother of four, Dr. Kelley M. Aitken (AS ’03, ’17, EL ’14) enjoyed the flexibility of her doctorate of education program at Shenandoah University.
“The program gave me the opportunity to apply what I was learning in my own position and the freedom to customize the degree to my needs,” said Aitken.
She was a biology and chemistry teacher for Warren County and Clarke County High Schools throughout the early 2000’s and now serves as supervisor for science and visual arts for Frederick County Public Schools (Virginia). Aitken found value in all of her positions and applies what she learned in the field and in the classroom to her current role.
“Each of these positions helped me to become the educator I am today,” said Aitken. “I have been given numerous opportunities to grow in my field through professional development and working with others throughout the state. I am then able to bring back those experiences to Frederick County.”
Aitken has a passion for science and enjoys helping her students find their passions. She thrives in the growth of the people around her.
Her most rewarding and powerful experiences include “seeing a student who has struggled finally ‘get’ a concept or realize that they can be successful.”
As she continues to adapt to the changing educational environment she works in, Aitken is looking forward to reconnecting with her fellow Shenandoah alumni and connecting with current students.