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Exit 1977: Jim Kelly

An instructor who allows students to engage through their active participation, curiosity and by allows them to take initiative, is exactly what type of teacher Mr. Jim  Kelly is. Like many staff members at NHS, Mr.Kelly attended this school as a student, and now works at the school he graduated from. Mr. Kelly is the Radio/TV Production Instructor/ NHS-TV Station Manager/Audio Visual Coordinator for NHS, and has also been the assistant softball coach for 20 years.


“It was great to go come back to a place that was rich in academic and athletic tradition,” says Kelly. “As I move on to the twilight of my career, I realize how fortunate I was as a young man to attend Nutley High School and then return to create a new TV Program from the foundation stages to an award winning curriculum.”


While also interested in print and broadcast journalism,  Mr. Kelly was not a writer for the Maroon and Gray. He did read it, and says he enjoyed it, and still does. Since Kelly graduated in 1977, the Maroon and Gray was different before.   “The paper was never done electronically. It was a cut and paste print publication,” Kelly stated. “ Now, the publication reaches out to cover more current event items. It has more of a modern and colorful approach.”


Mr. Kelly has been at NHS for 20 years, and since he was a student, he  always thought about coming back. “My academic and athletic experiences instilled confidence and drive to create expectations to succeed in any endeavor. I was mentored by some great leaders and educators on the athletic field and in the classroom.”


Mr. Kelly is very important to the school and he plans to be here for awhile. From student to mentor, Mr. Kelly is still an influential figure to the Nutley community.