Meet Kelly

Kelly Carmichael Booz is serving on the Alexandria School Board in District B

Kelly is a mom, wife, and life-long educator passionate about public education. 

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When I previously served on the Alexandria School Board, I served during a relatively normal time (before COVID-19 and before an uptick in divisive politics) when we focused on the budget, reviewing and setting policies for the division, and managing the superintendent.

Given the critical time we are in with learning and social-emotional recovery, school safety and security, and other important issues impacting Alexandria, I will continue to add my experience as we map the future and recover. 

If there is anything I’ve learned from serving previously on the school board, it's that we have to talk to each other and we have to listen to each other, even when we disagree. 

 

Collaboration and partnerships are key ingredients to a great school system and I look forward to working with you and everyone else to rebuild this partnership of trust and mutual respect.

 

I look forward to meeting you or hearing from you over my term in office. I plan to share updates at least quarterly via my newsletter and blog and you can always reach me in the interim via my school board email. I am also sharing more frequent updates on my school board Twitter account.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know me a little better. I am so honored to serve and put my experience to work for you and our public schools. 

20+ Years of Experience in Education

 

Kelly brings more than 20 years of hands on experience in education, from educational policy and tools to educational outcomes:

  • Kelly directs the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) PreK-12 digital resources serving over 1.8 million educators on the AFT's Share My Lesson, the AFT's E-Learning professional development platform, and the production and dissemination of PreK-12 publication for the AFT's 1.7 million members. 

  • Kelly was elected to the Alexandria City School Board in 2012 and served on the Board from 2013-2015. 

  • In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Kelly to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee to evaluate the Virginia accountability and assessment systems. 

  • In 2017, Kelly was named Alexandria, Virginia's Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40.

 

Civic Education Advocate

 

Kelly also brings extensive experience in civic education: 

  • Kelly serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Civics, a nonprofit created to promote constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement, empowering the next generation of leaders in Virginia.

  • Previously, Kelly served as Director of Civic Education at James Madison’s Montpelier directing the Virginia We the People program and as Manager of Teacher Programs at Alexandria’s Close Up Foundation.

  • Kelly’s passion for civic education began when she taught middle and high school students for the Close Up Foundation weeklong civic seminars.

Service in Alexandria

  • Kelly serves on the Kathy Wilson Foundation board, which seeks free universal developmental screening of Alexandria children 0-5.

  • Kelly currently serves on the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Advisory Committee for the school rebuild.

  • Kelly worked on the Alexandria City Parker-Gray Stadium Initiative, working to modernize the Stadium for Alexandria.  

  • In 2012, Kelly was elected to the Alexandria Democratic Committee Executive Committee and served as the Volunteer Coordinator. 

 

Education

 

Kelly received her M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Kelly graduated from the Political Leaders Program with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia in 2011. 

 

Family

 

Kelly is married to Hendrick Booz, who is a product of public schools in Fairfax County and is teaching his 23rd year as a high school English teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Kelly and Hendrick have two kids in ACPS who attend Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. Madeline is starting her 3rd grade year and William is starting his 1st grade year.