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Donovan Kelly is in his first year of teaching at Bishop Dunne. He is a member of the Notre Dame ACE program. Donovan will receive a Master's in Education from Notre Dame once he completes his studies and two years of teaching at Bishop Dunne.

New Teacher Donovan Kelly is an ACE Recruit, Former UD Basketball Player

Donovan Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Northridge Preparatory in Niles, Illinois, and played basketball all throughout high school.

He attended The University of Dallas in Irving and graduated in May, 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and economics and a concentration in Spanish. He also played one year of basketball at UD, a Division III school, where he played center, as he did in high school.

Mr. Kelly is currently a part of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at The University of Notre Dame, and this is his first year of teaching.

His favorite thing to do when not at Bishop Dunne is to spend time with family and friends. He enjoys ballroom dancing, reading, travelling, and speaking Spanish. He’d like to study Latin, Catalan, and Italian too.

While at UD he served as President of Crusaders for Kids, joined Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), participated in the Spanish Club, and was co-founder of the Society of St. Joseph. After completing his two years in the ACE program, he hopes to move into administration to become a principal or even open his own school.

Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education 

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has for more than twenty years sought to strengthen and transform Catholic education around the country (and internationally) so that Catholic schools can continue to provide an education of the highest quality to as many children as possible.

ACE recruits and forms the next generation of teachers and leaders, establishes networks to extend the Catholic school advantage to thousands of new families, and offers an array of programs to strengthen Catholic schools and give disadvantaged children the opportunities they need and deserve. For more information on ACE see:

Donovan Kelly is one of more than a dozen ACE graduates to work and teach at Bishop Dunne in the last decade. For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School see:

The 15th Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner is Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole. Funds raised from the dinner go to tuition assistance scholarships for the next 100 Bishop Dunne students. For more information contact Mary Gracheck at or 469-291-1785.

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