Kelly Smith is a state licensed, board certified behavior analyst, who earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and taught elementary school for 15 years. Becoming a teacher had been a dream of Kelly’s since first grade! She knew at a very early age she wanted to be a teacher and make a difference in the life of children. Through the years in the classroom, Kelly taught several children with autism and a variety of other disabilities. Each year the passion to teach children with autism grew and grew. The passion grew to the point where she decided to pursue a different professional path. Kelly received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis through Ball State University’s online program in July 2016, while she continued working part time as a teacher. During the two-year master’s program, Kelly also gained experience working part time as a line therapist in the in-home setting.
Kelly is currently completing her lead therapist internship under the supervision of Centerpiece LLC’s clinical director, Tyler Krueger. Kelly has participated in several IEP meetings, curriculum writing, modifying and adapting curriculum to meet the needs of learners with disabilities, writing individualized academic goals, and communicating and collaborating with parents. Kelly is excited to bring her teaching experiences to Centerpiece and is eager to apply what she has learned and continues to learn through her internship to the clients at the center.
Kelly and her husband live in Cecil with their three daughters. Besides being busy with three girls’ sports and activities schedules, Kelly’s family enjoys camping, hiking and relaxing at home with friends and family. Kelly also enjoys antique shopping and reading.
“Everything happens for a reason is a saying I live by and I truly believe it! Teaching and being a teacher is in my blood and I didn’t think I would ever pursue anything different. However, never say never, I had an itch to learn more about autism and now I simply can’t stop scratching! That “itch” brought me to Centerpiece and I am truly blessed to be part of an amazing team of individuals. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the kiddos at the center and I am excited for this new journey.”