about kelly


Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as a author/consultant who works with educators around the world.  Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education.

Always in search of a better way, Kelly honed his craft by taking on leadership positions in several key literacy programs, including the California Reading and Literature Project, the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for transition into universities.  For several years, he taught secondary literacy courses as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, and, most recently, he served as the president of the Secondary Reading Group of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Inspired by his classroom, mentors and professional development experiences, Kelly has written six books for teachers, many of which have been used in education schools around the world. He is also a featured author for several ELA classroom textbooks and programs.

In 2013-14, Kelly worked with the Harlem Village Academies (HVA) in New York City, where he taught a high school writing course and coached secondary teachers.  As part of his affiliation with HVA, he became a founding faculty member for the Progressive Education Institute, a graduate of school of education that aspires to become the premier institution for teacher preparation.

At least twice a month during the school year and throughout the summer months, Kelly travels to school districts and conferences around the world to share his thoughts and insights on literacy education and guide his colleagues toward more effective instruction.  Despite his demanding schedule, Kelly remains a dedicated writer.

In 2005, Kelly received the Award for Classroom Excellence from the California Association of Teachers of English, the state’s highest honor for English teachers.

Outside of his work with students and educators, Kelly loves watching baseball, playing with his dog, Scout, reading, hiking and spending time with his family.