Meet the Principal…..
Hello! My name is Shane Kelley. I am super excited, honored, and blessed to be a member of the Panther Community. I am originally from Granada/Lamar, Colorado. My family has deep roots in public education: My mom, who taught 2nd grade and ELL for Granada and Ft. Worth, Tx ISD (she was my 2nd grade teacher and taught for 33 years), my father Butch was a Vo-Ag/FFA teacher and later served as the GED coordinator for Bent County Corrections, Betty my stepmom, worked for the Lamar Public Schools for 20 years, and my stepdad, Dennis, was a Middle School Woods/Trades teacher in Ft. Worth, Texas.
I grew up working on local ranches where I developed a strong work ethic and accountability. I attended Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where I also played college football. I moved to the Pikes Peak Region in 1997 for my first teaching/coaching job in Ellicott, Colorado. Since then I have taught and coached in Ellicott, Peyton, Falcon, and Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This year will be my 25th year in public education as a teacher, coach, and administrator.
Growing up in Southeast Colorado, I had the rare opportunity of getting involved in “living history” through my dad. It led to being a part of a lot of commercials, movies, documentaries, Wild West shows, and historical reenactments. Some of them include: Reenactment of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, The Medicine Tale Coulee Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment, Bent’s Fort Dragoon Army of the West encampment, History Channel documentary on the Sand Creek Massacre, Chesrown Chevrolet Posse and Emich Dodge Commercial Campaigns, Flying W Wranglers music video, TV mini-series Son of the Morning Star (1991), Conagher (1991), Far and Away (1992), The Postman (1997), Ride with the Devil (1999), and many other Civil War/Indian War reenactments.
I live in the Peyton/Falcon area with my fiancé Carrie. Between us, we have 6 children ranging in ages from 13 to 21. We also live there with our dogs, a cat named Frying Pan, three goats, and six horses.
In my spare time I like to CPRA rodeo, compete at team roping jackpots, day help on local ranches, go boating out on Pueblo Reservoir, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with my family.