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"CELEBRATING LIFE THROUGH SONG AND STORY", Tekelia Kelly (shown left) sings the Negro National Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee's inaugural Black History Month Program and Luncheon, featuring the honorable Dr. Benjamin Hooks, renowned Civil Rights Leader, at Bessie Smith Hall-Chattanooga African-American Museum, in 2004. 

 

Attending the event, former Mayor of Chattanooga Bob Corker wrote: " I was thrilled to see that such a great talented singer was also a project manager here at the city.  Enjoyed hearing you perform at the [Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee's Black History Month] luncheon on this week.  Thank you for representing the City so well".  (See written letter at right.)

 

Pictured top on stage, Tekelia Kelly tells about the Underground Railroad at DuPont Elementary 2014  Black History Month event, with Principal Barbara Shepherd below. The event was also featured on WDEF-TV Channel 12 "What's Right With Our Schools".  Click here for video of engaged learning; full of song and story, and praised by principal, teachers and students.  Or copy and past the following link into your browser: 

http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Spirituals-and-Slavery/SGy8xVKVC0i0Uq0XBv3P8A.cspx

"I was thrilled to see that such a great talented singer was also a project manager..."  "Enjoyed hearing you perform." 

-Bob Corker, Mayor 2004

 

Office of the Mayor

City Chattanooga, TN  37402

February 11, 2004
City of Chattanooga

Ms. Kelly -
   

  I was thrilled to see that such a great talented singer was also a project manager here at the city.  Enjoyed hearing you perform at the [Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee's Black History Month] luncheon on this week.
    Thank you for representing the City so well.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Corker


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What People Are Saying

Ms. Kelly -
     I was thrilled to see that such a great talented singer was also a project manager here at the city.  Enjoyed hearing you perform at the [Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee's Black History Month--above] luncheon on this week.
    Thank you for representing the City so well.

                               

Sincerely,

Bob Corker

Mayor

City of Chattanooga

 

 

Mrs. Kelly uses her amazing voice and dramatization to connect
students to a time and place that is so distant to their existence
today. She allows students to be part of the culture during a very
oppressive time period. Through her work, students begin to see slaves
as people not just stories of a time in history.
 

Dana Malone
Literacy Coach
Alpine Crest/Dupont Elementary

 

Dear Ms. Kelly,

I am so grateful you were able to come to our school and share the history of the Underground Railroad, along with other beautiful spirituals. As you were happy to be "met" by the students, I was just as happy to be validated by you in my instruction during Black History Month.

I appreciated how you made the children aware that "when you read and understand, you know, grow and go", a privilege that the slave children did not have. I heard many comments concerning your beautiful authentic clothing, as well as your lovely a capella.

Thank you again for sharing with our DuPont students.

Sally Bates
Music Teacher

Dupont Elementary
 

 

"I learned about Harriet Tubman, how she was basically the leader of the Underground Railroad.",    "What's Right With Our Schools"  WDEF Channel 12 TV
 

 

"I learned that you should never give up hope, no matter how dark the situation could be."  Slaves were in the darkest hour of their whole life, but they didn't give up hope, and they ended up becoming free."    "What's Right With Our Schools" WDEF Channel 12 TV

 

STUDENT LETTERS:

 

Dear Mrs. Kelly,

Thank you for the lesson about Negro spirituals.  I have a question...is amazing grace a Negro spiritual?  You have an amazing voice.  Your are very nice. 

 

 

Dear Mrs. Kelly

Thank you for teaching me some things about African Americans, and about how they learned the lyrics to a song.  I also want to thank you for teaching me some new songs of what the African Americans sang.  Sincerely

 

 

Dear Mrs. Kelly,

Thank you for coming and teaching us spirituals.  Their still stuck in my head.  Your singing was great! 

 

 

Dear Mrs. Kelly,

Thank you for singing for us.  Thank you for telling us about Black History Month.  We wish you to come next year. 

 

 

Dear Mrs. Kelly,

You sang so pretty and your got a beautiful voice. And you're like a super star.  I liked the moves. 

 

"To me, the arts build...EDUCATION"

-Tekelia Kelly

 

Links/Downloads  (Requires ADOBE PDF READER  click here)

 

Program Flier (PDF)

 

Lesson Plans

 

Press Kit

 

"What's Right With Our Schools" WDEF TV 12

 

Art's Build Supporter of the Week

 


 

Affiliations

 

Tennessee Arts Commission, Registered Teaching Artist

 

Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, Alumnus

 

Creativity In Education Institute, STEAM Featured Artist

 


 

 

About

 

Click here for Tekelia Kelly's Tennessee Arts Commission Registered STEAM Teaching Artist page.

 

 STEAM Teaching Artist

 

Tekelia Kelly is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Teaching Artist, with professional work experience as an engineer, educator, entrepreneur, editor and entertainer.  She is a Registered Teaching Artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission; a Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute alumnus, a member of ArtsBuild and featured for her support of the arts their "To Me, the arts build...Education" campaign.

 

She was also featured in the Teaching Artist Showcase for "Create2014: Creativity in Education Institute--Full STEAM Ahead", a renowned arts integration conference that recognizes the significance of the arts in building 21st century learning skills while shaping whole school reform through project-based learning.

Tekelia is a recording artist with BMI and performing artist with Tennessee Arts & Business Council of Nashville.  She performs special shows, dramas, workshops and presentations, including ticket subsidy and resident artist programs for schools and community organizations.   She offers programs as an integration into the arts and as a resident artist. 

 

As a professional Instruction Designer and Engineering Technology professional, Tekelia designs instruction with the total learner in mind: both academic and creative. Her integrated arts programs include her "She Sings Series" that offers genres and generations of music.  She custom designs lesson plans, elearning and curriculum and courses for schools/classes, aligned with common core standards.  Her programs are interactive, and age-appropriate, and excellent source of learning enrichment for history, language arts, math, critical thinking and character development.  All programs are also student ticket subsidy compatible.  For more information email tekeliakelly@comcast.net

 

 

Programs

 

Arts Integration

 
For arts integrated curriculum and lessons to enrich music, as well as history, arts, literature, language arts, reading and math Tekelia designed "Songs and Stories of American and African-American History"  A set of three lessons and part of her "She Sings Series", these courses use songs and stories to teach about American and African American History during the periods of slavery, great depression and the civil rights movement.  Lessons enable learning enrichment and music appreciation through singing and storytelling.  Lessons for three different genres and eras of music include:  1) Spirituals, Hymns, Gospel and Work Songs of the Underground Railroad and American Negro Slavery during the 1600-1800's; 2) Songs of Jazz of the Great Depression during the 1930-1940's 3) Songs of Freedom of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960's.  Lessons can be customized and are also great for Women's History Month.
 
Lesson #1  Spirituals, Hymns, Gospel and Work Songs of the Underground Railroad and American Negro Slavery during the 1600-1800's

Performing as a one-woman show entitled She Sings: Spirituals, Hymns, Gospel and  Work Songs of Slavery in the 1600-1800's, Teaching Artist Tekelia Kelly captivates and educates through song and story, as she teaches about a time in history when African -American Negro Spirituals, Gospel and Work songs, and those who sang them during Slavery, were an integral part of American and African-American experience.  

Lesson #2  Songs of Jazz of the Great Depression during the 1930-1940's

Performing as a one-woman show entitled She Sings: Songs of Jazz and The Great Depression in the 1930-1940's, Teaching Artist Tekelia Kelly captivates and educates through song and story, as she teaches about a time in history when Jazz songs and those who performed them during the Great Depression  were an integral part of American and African-American experience. 

Lesson # 3  Songs of Freedom of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960's

 

Performing as a one-woman show entitled She Sings: Songs of Freedom and Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, Teaching Artist Tekelia Kelly captivates and educates through song and story, as she teaches about a time in history when Freedom Songs and those who sang them during the Civil Rights Movement were an integral part of American and African-American experience. She also wrote a song dedicated to the late Dr. King.
     

Artist In Residency

 

Tekelia Kelly is a STEAM Teaching Artist, Engineer and Instructional Design and Technology professional who celebrates and cultivates the talent(s), gift(s) and interest(s) of every student. Through her Artist in Residency programs, she designs real-world instruction that educates and equips students to work in today's work world. Using state-of-the-art media, business and IT skills, students work on value-added projects for sponsors, school and Celebrate Chattanooga, including High School Senior Capstones, Work Portfolios, Internships, Networking and Information Technology (IT) Projects.  Students learn the art of of business, engineering and technology to create and communicate about projects for school and work.  Students and sponsors both benefit as students go from school to work more successfully.   To sign up as student, sponsor or supporter, or for more information, visit www.chipslearning.com, www.internchips.com, www.celebratechattanooga.com, and www.tekeliakelly.com.

     
 
     
Instructional Design & Technology Services
 

Programs can be custom designed for Home, Church, Schools and Community organizations, and can be formatted for traditional classroom, elearning, or a hybrid curriculum and instruction.

 
 
 
Technology Education & Training
   
Computer Training

Technology Education

(Left) Students learn and practice proper keyboarding skills and basic formatting In AYES Youth in Business Computer Keyboarding class at Chattanooga State in Tennessee.

(Above) Students learn exploring technology education such as digital media, architectural model, electromagnetic motors, and more in Tech Ed class at Tyner High School in Chattanooga, TN.

 

 

CHIPS Learning Programs    

CHIPS (Computer Help and Instructional Programs for Students) Learning Programs have provided academic learning enrichment and technology education to schools, learning centers, summer programs, camps and other learning environments in Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 1995.  Locations has included  Memphis Jewish Community Center, St. Elmo, The Wesley School, Solomon Schechter Day School, New Covenant Fellowship Church, and St. Nicholas School.  Below are photos of some of CHIP Campers and founder/teacher Tekelia Kelly.

 

     
     

Affiliations

 

"To me, the arts build...EDUCATION"  -Tekelia Kelly

-Tennessee Arts Commission Registered Teaching Artist

-Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute Alumnus

-Artsbuild Featured "Supporter of the Week"

-Creativity in Learning Institute Featured Teaching Artist

 

Tekelia has been honored as a Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute Alumnus, Artsbuild Featured "Supporter of the Week", and Creativity in Learning Institute Featured Teaching Artist.

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is designed for those who share a passion for advancing the arts in the Chattanooga community.  The Institute offers behind-the-scenes visits to cultural and educational institutions, panel discussions with community leaders, case studies of arts agencies and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, educators, business people and foundations.

Established in 1969, ArtsBuild is a nonprofit organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee whose mission is to build a stronger community through the arts. The purpose of our "To me, the arts build" project is to show that everyone, no matter of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background, benefits from the influence of art in their lives.  Click here to see Tekelia Kelly's "To me, the arts build EDUCATION" "Supporter of the Week" video at https://vimeo.com/83686345.

Creativity in Education Institute--Featured STEAM Teaching Artist Showcase of  Create2014:Full STEAM Ahead, a renowned arts integration conference that recognizes the significance of the arts in building 21st century learning skills while shaping whole school reform through project-based learning.

 
 

More info

   

 

 
 

Contact

 

"To me, the arts build...EDUCATION"  -Tekelia Kelly

Tekelia Kelly, Teaching Artist

Chattanooga, Tennessee

URLs: www.tekeliakelly.com

www.celebratechattanooga.com

www.chipslearning.com

www.interchips.com

Email: tekeliakelly@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

"Instruction in (and through) music and drama can have a clear effect

on non-arts disciplines such as reading and math."       giarts.org

 

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