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Daniel Kelly

Social Studies Teacher


Valley High School


Social Studies

  • University of Iowa College of Law - J.D. (1995)
  • Iowa State University - M.A. in Political Science (2010)
  • Iowa State University - B.A. in German (1993)

Mr. Kelly is a Senior James Madison Fellow and as part of that fellowship attended a four week seminar on American Constitutionalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (2004). He is also a Teacher Fellow of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (2017-18).

Having spent his spent his senior year of high school attending Albert-Schweitzer Gymnasium in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Mr. Kelly has a particular interest in the culture and politics of Germany. Pursuant to that interest he has participated in the Transatlantic Outreach Program (2017) which allowed him to meet with teaching counterparts in Germany and study the political culture of modern Germany as part of multi-week study tour that visited Point Alpha in the Rhön Mountains, Hamburg, Braunschweig, and Berlin.

Dan is a four time summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH seminar topics that he has attended include: Empires of the Wind: American Pacific Maritime Beginnings (2015) , The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation (2013), Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution (2011), and Congress, the President and the War Power (2009).

He attended the Street Law/Supreme Court Historical Society: Supreme Court Summer Institute at Georgetown Law Center (2014) and had the chance to attend the U.S. Supreme Court while in session and moot court cases from recent terms with members of the Supreme Court Bar.

In addition to other summer programs, Dan has also completed seminars and courses through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Bill of Rights Institute, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, the Foundation for Teaching Economics, and graduate history coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Mississippi-Oxford.

As a national reader for the College Board, Dan has also received extensive training and experience in evaluating written student work since 2008.

Classroom Links

  • SASA -Students Against Sexual Assault - Faculty sponsor
  • Valley Rugby - Faculty sponsor
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