Welcome to my classroom webpage! My name is Kelly Vail, and I am a second grade teacher here at Villa Grove Elementary School. The 2020-2021 school year is my 17th year of teaching. Throughout my teaching profession, I have taught junior high language arts and reading, fifth grade, and second grade. This year is my 13th year teaching second grade. Although I enjoyed teaching at the various grade levels, I have definitely found my niche in second grade! I thoroughly enjoy teaching second graders and watching them grow throughout the school year. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and enjoyed playing school with my sisters, cousins, friends, and dolls when I was a little girl. I have always loved school and learning, and as a teacher I get to be at school and learn every day! Not only do I teach my students, but I learn from them as well. It's amazing what they have taught me!
I grew up in St. Joseph, IL, not far from Villa Grove. After graduating high school, I attended Parkland College. I transferred to Illinois State University, where I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I earned my Master of Education degree in Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University. In 2016, I returned to EIU and obtained my reading teacher/literacy specialist endorsements.
My husband, Josh, grew up here in Villa Grove. We have two children, Ethan and Adalyn. Ethan is in fourth grade, and Adalyn is in second grade. We have two beagles, Henry and Ruby, who are a very special part of our family! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. I am an avid reader!
I look forward to my 10th year teaching at Villa Grove schools, and having an awesome year with my new second grade class!
A Few of Mrs. Vail's Favorite Things
books, bookstores, and libraries bookish trinkets coffee & sweet tea beagles Disney movies fall and pumpkin spice vintage markets and boutiques camping, campfires, and S'mores grape Laffy Taffy and Skittles Starbucks Target Michael's Hobby Lobby anything purple chevron & polka dots