Kelli Thompson



I am a mother, writer, graphic designer, writing teacher, and most recently a Reading Corps tutor at Kenny Elementary. Last year my husband was offered a job at University of Minnesota which brought my family from Plymouth, New Hampshire to Edina. We had never set foot in the Minneapolis area before we hopped on a plane with our two cats to meet the moving truck. I have called multiple places my home including Joplin, Missouri, Paris, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, London, and Plymouth, New Hampshire. I received a BA in English from University of Dallas and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Stonecoast in Freeport, Maine.

Before moving to Minnesota, I worked as a Composition Instructor at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and before that as a graphic designer in New York at TimeOut New York, and Scholastic. Currently, I am working on a memoir about my life in Paris working as an au pair circa 1993 shortly after my mother’s untimely death. Aside from being a writer, I am an avid reader. My passion for the written word and early literacy led me to Reading Corps. A powerful catchphrase that Reading Corps uses is that first students must “learn to read” before they can “read to learn.” Making the leap from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” is crucial to higher education. Studies show that if a student struggles to read after 4th grade they will not attend college. I believe in meritocracy and that a good education opens many doors, which starts with solid reading skills. It is a privilege to implement the Reading Corps program to help the students at Kenny learn how to become even better readers.