Kelly Day

Kelly Day

Fellowship Placement: U.S. Department of Energy (WDTS)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Kelly Day has spent the past 11 years teaching 7th-grade mathematics at Westfield Middle School in Westfield Indiana where she also serves as the school’s Speech and Debate Team Coach and Student Council Advisor.  Day received the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching in 2015.  The Fulbright Award is granted by the U.S. Department of State and was organized by the International Institute of Education.  The Fulbright Fellowship allowed Day to spend 5 months living in Finland where she researched Finnish education policy as well as female achievement in mathematics at the University of Helsinki.  While in Finland, Day wrote an article on Finnish education that was published in education journals in both Australia and South Korea.  It has been translated into multiple languages and used in education training programs globally.  In 2019 Day was chosen to be a semi-finalist to receive the Presidential Award in Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. In the fall of 2015, Day was selected to be one of four panelists to participate in The Fulbright Minds Series celebrating International Education Week in San Francisco, CA.  Day’s Seminar was entitled “Building a Pipeline for Women in STEM Professions”. In 2013 Day received an Eli Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant.  This Award funded her independent research on Asian Education Systems and allowed her to observe schools, conduct interviews of Asian teachers, administrators, and policymakers in 7 different Eastern Asian nations.  Her research was dedicated to examining Asian methods of teaching mathematics and how Asian schools develop their educators’ fundamental understanding of mathematics. Day is incredibly thankful for her opportunities to observe some of the best teaching practices from around the globe and tries to incorporate what she has learned into her own classroom. In 2017 she served as a Teach Plus Policy Fellow for the State House of Indiana where she worked with legislators on Indiana education reform and sat on several House committees including one to develop the ESSA based school accountability system for Indiana. In 2018 Day was invited to present her research on Female achievement in Mathematics at the Fulbright Association Conference in Puebla Mexico.  Day is an avid traveler who has visited over 40 countries in the past decade, but above all, Day is a dedicated teacher and a passionate advocate for quality education for children around the world.  She is excited to be a 2020 Einstein Fellow where she can continue to develop her professional and teaching skills.  Day received her BS in Mathematics Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a MA in Education Administration from Purdue University.