Kelly has a Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. She has taught creative writing and a variety of Language Arts classes at Hollins University, Fort Garrison Elementary School, BHCC and BSIL. Kelly has had poetry and short stories published locally and nationally and was an editor for the Baltimore Review and a freelance writer. Before starting Common Ground Community Center, she ran the after school programs at Fort Garrison. Kelly homeschooled her two boys Ben and Elijah.