Carol L. Kelley currently serves as superintendent of Princeton Public Schools, which is a PreK – 12 school system with 3,900 students (Princeton, NJ). Prior to joining PPS, Carol L. Kelley spent six years as the superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 (Oak Park, IL) and three years as the superintendent of schools for the Branchburg Township School District in New Jersey. She has also help teaching and administrator positions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Her career is guided by a deep commitment to equity-centered systems change to address racial, economic, and academic disparities in education. With key stakeholders she created a vision for Oak Park Elementary School District 97, creating positive learning environments that are equitable, inclusive, and focused on the whole child. This vision guided her work to improve the systems, structures, and processes to support staff development and student success.

Considered a thought-leader and speaker for several organizations, and she has received recognition for her professional work and contribution to education from various organizations and groups, including the prestigious “Governor’s Teacher” award from the state of New Jersey.

She received her bachelor’s degree in System Engineering and doctorate in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Currently she resides in Montgomery Township, NJ and she is the proud mom of two sons, Jordan and Austin.