Kelly Minks

Kelly M.

Zionsville, IN

About Kelly M.

Background check: Last verified 03/28/2016
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Kelly teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2009
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Hi there! My name is Kelly and I've been teaching for 7+ years throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. Outside of private tutoring, I am the lead ESL teacher at an inner-city elementary school in Indianapolis. I absolutely love working to discover the interests, skills, and goals of my students, while co-designing curriula to meet their individual needs.

Throughout my reviews, you will see how much my students enjoy our interactive, skill-focused, fun classes! As a teacher and tutor, my students have consistently thrived from developing: increased levels of self-confidence, self-awareness, intrinsic motivation, and stronger foundations in language and academic content areas.

I have an M.Ed. in Bilingual Bicultural Education and elementary/middle school teaching licenses. Additionally, I hold a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and bachelors degrees in International Studies and Social Work.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, and I look forward to working with you!

Photos and Videos

Field trip to a butterfly farm!


Lead ESL Teacher

Oct 2015 - Present
Indianapolis Public Schools

Bilingual Academic Tutor

Jan 2012 - Present

Dual Language Teacher

Aug 2014 - Aug 2015
Chicago Public Schools

Summer ESL Faculty

Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
Lake Forest Academy

Graduate Research Assistant

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

ESL Teacher

Nov 2010 - Feb 2011
ILA, Hanoi, Vietnam

ESL Teacher

Mar 2010 - Nov 2010
HABA Playschool, Gangneung, South Korea

ESL Teacher

Feb 2009 - Feb 2010
Freelance, Buenos Aires, Argentina


M.Ed. Bilingual Bicultural Education

Sep 2011 - Nov 2014
DePaul University

B.A. International Studies

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Oregon State University

B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Oregon State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Indiana Teaching License (Grades K-12)

Aug 2015
Indiana Department of Education

Elementary Generalist, Spanish, English as a New Language (ENL), Historical Perspectives, Language Arts

Illinois Teaching License (Grades K-9)

Dec 2014
Illinois Department of Education

Bilingual Education, Spanish, English as a Second Language (ESL), Social Studies, Language Arts

CELTA ESOL Teaching Certification

Jun 2009
University of Cambridge


Student Teaching Scholarship

Oct 2014
DePaul University

Dean's Award

May 2012
DePaul University

Teach Grant Recipient

Dec 2011
DePaul University

International Research Scholarship

Dec 2006
Oregon State University


TESOL International Association

Sep 2010

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

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40 Reviews on Kelly M.

Duany Aug 18, 2016
ESL · Online
Verified Student
Kelly is a great communicator and is able to teach in simple ways. I definitely recommend her.
ANA MARIA Jul 5, 2016
English · Online
I like her a lot, she is amazing teacher because I feel the online class like it was in person. I am going to have more classes with her, she is good teacher.
Lisa K. Jun 4, 2016
Writing · Online
Verified Student
Kelly teaches both our children reading and writing. I can't stress to you enough how much we value her skills as a teacher and a person. My daughter who has ADHD went from F's to A's in a six month period. Amazing, I know. She is patient and engaging and worth her weight in gold!!
Lan May 8, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online
Verified Student
Kelly is nice and friendly which makes you feel comfortable right from the start - an important factor for an English speaking lesson. She has several years teaching English abroad so she could easily identify the key areas of improvements for non native speakers. So if you are ESL learners and you want to improve your speaking skills or accent, you should definitely contact Kelly.
Tammy May 2, 2016
Math · Online
Kelly has been a blessing for us! My daughter is in 3rd grade and her math grades have improved by leaps and bounds. My daughter has more self confidence and actually likes learning about math. Thanks Kelly!
Nina Apr 1, 2016
ESL · In studio
She is a great teacher. Thank you Kelly!
Susi F. Feb 25, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online
Verified Student
she 's great
Evelyn G. Jan 23, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Kelly is a great instructor with a passion for teaching. She brings a positive energy and vibe to the virtual classroom and immediately puts you at ease. She is very friendly, professional, personable, well prepared and has solid mastery on the material. She utilized various media--words in print, video, audio, and conversation, etc., which made the lesson fun and participatory. My daughter loved the class! I highly recommend Kelly!
Gabriella L Jan 19, 2016
Spanish · Online
Follow-up review after 6 months with Kelly as teacher.
I am currently preparing for my DELE C1 exam in April/May 2016 and Kelly has truly helped me expand my vocabulary as well as help me be more disciplined in consistently using the correct conjugations. At the end of the class we review the mistakes, she has a list of new vocabulary and she addresses all the questions I have gathered throughout the week. In addition, she is great fun to work with!
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Brian Dec 9, 2015
Kelly is one of the hardest working teachers I have ever known. Her compassion for students and her attention to the details of teaching are impressive. She also has a great sense of humor, which makes learning new material a lot easier.
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