Kelly Baumgartner brings 30 years of teaching experience to St. Joseph School families. In her 16th year of teaching kindergartners at St. Joseph’s, she says there is nowhere else she would rather be: “Teaching Kindergarten and Reading is my Passion.” Mrs. Baumgartner holds a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Special Education and Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading Specialist. She is certified in the Nebraska Reading First Program and the Sonday Reading and Neuhaus Reading Systems, both research based reading programs designed for at-risk readers and children with dyslexia. She has also received trainings in the Boys Town Education Model, Love and Logic, Crisis Response, and High Scope, a curriculum focused upon crafting active learning early childhood environments.