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: Yesterday


Hello, there! I'm a licensed K-12 bilingual ESL teacher who has had 8 years of experience teaching and privately tutoring children, teenagers, and adults around the world. In addition to privately tutoring, I also teach full-time at a school for newcomer students, where I work with 7th-9th graders who have lived in the U.S. for less than one year. I earned a Masters in Bilingual Bicultural Education from DePaul University in 2014, a CELTA from the University of Cambridge in 2009, and two Bachelors degrees from Oregon State University in 2007. My teaching philosophy centers around the ideals of: mutual respect, equality, partnership, and the promotion of personal growth through academic and linguistic development. I am enthusiastic, engaging, creative, and very dedicated to supporting the progress and achievements of my students!

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Dual language third graders!


ESL / English Language Arts Teacher

Oct 2015 - Present
Indianapolis Public Schools

Bilingual Academic Tutor

Jan 2009 - 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

Deans 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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44 Reviews on Kelly M.

Meirong Jan 10, 2017
ESL · Online
Verified Student
Kelly is an experienced and patient English teacher. My daughter loves her classes so much and thinks Kelly is the best English teacher ever taught her .Thanks Kelly.
Kenneth J. Nov 3, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
I have taken lessons from Kelly for about a year and a half. I am constantly surprised at the quality of lessons and the detail in homework she provides me. She keeps me motivated when life gets busy and it is hard to find the time. Even though it is my goal to learn Spanish, I feel it is equally her goal to help me succeed. I have tried several methods and having instruction from Kelly ties everything together.

I HIGHLY recommend her if you are interested in learning any area she instructs. You won't be disappointed.
Doug B. Oct 23, 2016
English · Online
Kelly works with two of our daughters. Josie, who is in kindergarten, has just about completed the Lexia kindergarten curriculum. Josie's teacher is really pleased with her performance in school so far. Elizabeth is in 4th grade and Kelly works with her on Moby mathematics. Elizabeth made the honor role this year with all A's and B's. We could not be more pleased with our children's performance in school. This can be attributed to working with Kelly over the summer and on weekends. Kelly has many user friendly fun resources on-line that allow the children interact with Kelly one on one. I definitely would like to recommend Kelly for tutoring. She is absolutely fantastic!
Taylor Oct 15, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Kelly is great. She allows me to choose what I want to learn and has a wealth of resources at her fingertips that allow her to adapt to my whims. I've been learning a lot, and am well on my way to being a fluent speaker! I would highly recommend Kelly.
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!
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