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Hometown Pride: Kelly Peterson

In our second installment of a new series called Hometown Pride, we take a look at Bess Race Elementary teacher Kelly (Jennings) Peterson. Peterson, who is in her 22nd year teaching at Bess Race, is a 1985 Crowley High School graduate. She attended CHS when both David L. Walker and Mary Harris were assistant principals. Peterson, who also attended Bess Race during Jackie Carden’s tenure and H.F. Stevens when Richard J. Allie was principal, was a three year varsity member of the CHS Talonettes, while also competing in both volleyball and basketball for the Lady Eagles.

Peterson’s daughter Shelby Schott, a 2010 CHS graduate, has been teaching in the district for seven years as well and is currently a teacher at June W. Davis Elementary. By 2024, all four of her children will be able to follow in her footsteps as Crowley High School graduates.

“I love being a part of this community and have a lot of wonderful memories growing up in Crowley ISD. During my years teaching, I have been able to meet and work with so many amazing educators and administrators. Bess Race Elementary and Crowley ISD make you feel like you are a part of one big family,” said Peterson.

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Kelly Peterson and Shelby Schott