Phone: 210.662.1060


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education (University of Memphis) M.S. Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (University of Memphis)

Mrs. Norma Ruth Kelly

Norma “Ruth” Pierce Kelly is a first-grade teacher at Candlewood Elementary school in San Antonio, Texas who has been an educator for the last 25 years. With a passion for reading, she has dedicated her life to developing students and their early school-year-age experiences around a solid foundation in reading and language arts. This love of reading was ingrained early as a child and she remains a voracious reader.

Ruth is from Memphis, TN and holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis-where her concentration of post-graduate studies was in Leadership/Administration and Curriculum development. A dissertation shy of her PhD, she is certified to be a Principal in 8 states, including Texas and Tennessee. It is in the classroom, however, where she excels and feels that she has the most to offer her students. She has held positions outside the classroom, including curriculum facilitator and Title 1 coordinator. Thrice published in various publications. She has also taught at the university level while studying for her Doctorate.

A true difference maker, Ruth is a former winner of the prestigious Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching for her work in the NEISD.

Ruth is married with 2 children and in her spare time enjoys gardening, crafts, time by the pool, and, of course, reading. Classically trained in Ballet for 15 years, she also loves dancing, yoga, and exercise.


Mrs. Kelly’s daily schedule 2022-2023


7:00 - 7: 30 Breakfast (with teacher and friends in classroom)

7:30 Morning announcements


7:45 - 8: 30 Phonics instruction

Restroom break


8:40 - 9:30 Specials

(Mon. - Technology, Tues. - PE, Wed. - PE, Thurs. - Music, Fri. - PE)


9: 30 - 11:00 Reading (whole and small group instruction), writing, and social studies instruction

Restroom break/prepare for lunch


11:15 - 11:30 Lunch 11: 30 - 11: 45 Recess

Restroom break/water break


12:00 - 1:30 Math (whole and small group instruction)


1:30 - 2:30 Science (in class and/or lab activities)

Restroom break, Take Home Folders, pack backpacks


2:40 - “supper” (snack) break

2:55 Dismissal