Ed.D., University of Houston; M.A., College of Mount St. Joseph; B.A., College of Mount St. Joseph


Michaelann Kelley is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position she was Director of Visual Arts for Aldine ISD in Houston, Texas. Michaelann had been working at the district level for the past five years on the development of visual art curriculum and instruction. Prior to moving into administration, she was a high school art teacher for 23 years at Eisenhower High School in Aldine. She has taught all levels of high school art including the International Baccalaureate Diploma program as well as Advanced Placement Studio and Art History.

Michaelann was named Teacher of the Year in 1999 and the received the Stanford University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in visual arts and education from The College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumna Award in 1995. Michaelann then continued her education receiving her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Collaboration and reflection are priorities in Michaelann’s work. She has been a Critical Friends Coach since 1998 and has promoted the concept of teachers learning and growing together to increase student success.

She has published numerous articles, chapters, and currently has a book being published (release October 2020) about her long-term collaboration in local school reform work. In addition, she has been responsible for the writing, implementation, and evaluation of numerous grants. Michaelann is a regular presenter at Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) conferences and workshops, and has taught at numerous professional development seminars in her district as well as nationally and internationally. She was the TAEA Chair for Administration and Supervision and received the Outstanding Art Educator Award in Administration and Supervision in 2018.

Michaelann believes in providing opportunities for visual art students that fosters the integration of content areas and collaboration with other arts organizations. Advocating for the visual arts and especially for the art students to utilize the artistic process in the development of their personal voice is part of her commitment to education.