Grace Dentino Kelly is a retired educator from Illinois. She amassed over 35 years of teaching experience and laid the groundwork for an exceptional career by matriculating at her hometown college, Bradley University, in Peoria. Prior to obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 1971 and a Master of Science in 1973, Ms. Dentino Kelly focused her efforts in the health care industry. She became a certified medical technician in 1955, earning accreditation through the St. Francis School of Medical Technology.

Ms. Dentino Kelly’s areas of teaching were in the subjects of reading, math, biology and chemistry. Aside from being a well-rounded educator, she served as the principal for a number of schools in the Peoria community. Amongst the schools she served in this capacity are the St. Thomas School, Blessed Sacrament School, St. Mark School, and Trewyn Middle School. She has also committed her time to civic service. In 1997, she served on the board of directors for Special Persons Encounter Christ, a Roman Catholic ministry for people with disabilities.

Ms. Dentino Kelly has achieved much recognition for her work, earning a bevy of awards from respected organizations. She is a 2004 and 2006 recipient of the Positive Promotions’ Teacher Who Makes a Difference Award, as well as a 2005 Midwest Exceptional Teacher Award. Additionally, she has been honored by the American Association of University Women and the Illinois State Board. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Dentino Kelly maintains professional affiliations with the National Science Teachers Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, Peoria Area Retired Teachers, the Italian American Society, Mended Hearts, Phi Delta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Beta Nu.

In recognition of her professional excellence, Ms. Dentino Kelly was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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