Kelly graduated from Centenary College of New Jersey in 2012 earning her degree in English Literature and Secondary Education. While she is no longer in the classroom, she continues to be an advocate for educational equity for underprivileged students and believes that teachers should be at the center of education policy.

As a person that has battled Crohn’s disease for 16 years, she ended up in Amsterdam in 2017 to get a revolutionary new device called a Vagus Nerve Stimulator that put her into remission for the first time since diagnosis. Nowadays, she spends her days managing a shop in Montclair, NJ, freelance writing, designing curriculum, and advocating for the bioelectronic medicine that has saved her life.