Nancy Kelly-Jones

Nancy Kelly-Jones, wearing a dark blue suit and a multi-colored scarf, with a design


Member, Board of Trustees


  • M.A., Secondary English, Gallaudet University, 1975
  • B.A., English, Gallaudet University, 1972

Short Biography

Ms. Nancy Kelly-Jones holds a B.A. in English ('72) and an M.A. in Deaf Education, with emphasis on Secondary English ('75), from Gallaudet University. Nancy has been a classroom teacher of the Deaf for 28 years, first teaching at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf and then at the Illinois School for the Deaf. She is currently a library/media educator. She teaches library skills units to students K-12 and works with teachers in enhancing units with visual and media support. She has taught undergraduate courses in the interpreter training programs at several community colleges.

Nancy has presented workshops on ASL and Deaf Culture to the law enforcement and the medical communities, as well as to the Deaf Community. Nancy is a national trainer in ASL/English Bilingual Professional Development (AEBPD) with CAEBER at Gallaudet University. She is the co-author of two books Signs Everywhere and Signs Sports (a set of six booklets on different sports.)

Nancy was recently honored to receive the Andrew J. Foster Teacher of the Year award at the 2006 NAD conference and the Governor's PATH (People are Today's Heroes) award in January 2007. Nancy is a member of numerous Deaf organizations. She is also a lifelong mentor and advisor for deaf youth in Jr. NAD, providing leadership training for our Deaf leaders of tomorrow. She resides in Jacksonville, Illinois with her husband Clyde ('72.)