Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education

Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly is a special education advocate and consultant and current Ann Arbor Public Schools Trustee. She is running for her first full term on the AAPS board and is one of four incumbents seeking election on Nov. 6. There are a total of eight candidates for four seats on this nonpartisan board. Each position is for a four-year term.

Kelly was appointed to the AAPS board in December 2016 to fill a vacancy left by Donna Lasinski, who was elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House of Representatives in District 52. Kelly was among six candidates who applied for that board seat, and was appointed by the AAPS board following several rounds of voting.

On her campaign website, Kelly describes her positions on a range of issues, including infrastructure, mental health, and safety/security. As of mid-August, she indicates that she’ll be adding updates on equity, fair treatment of teachers and school funding.

She currently represents AAPS on the Washtenaw Association of School Boards. 

Kelly is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She has worked as an Accreditation Coordinator for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, and as a client educator specializing in pregnancy and the first year of parenting. 

She is a graduate of College of William & Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy. Kelly also has a law degree from Wayne State University and dual bachelor's degrees in honors anthropology and women's studies from the University of Michigan. 

She is married to Steve Shaieb, who is serving as her campaign treasurer. They live on Ann Arbor's northwest side and have three school-age children who attend AAPS.

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Jessica Kelly: In The News

A Pivotal Election: A referendum on growth and a school board challenge will shape the city's futureAnn Arbor Observer, November 2018

Meet Your CandidateWe Love Ann Arbor, Oct. 16, 2018

Ann Arbor school board candidates talk achievement gap, teacher evaluations – MLive, Oct. 15, 2018

AAPS Board Candidate Comments (video)Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 24, 2018

Ann Arbor school board supports students in protesting gun violenceMichigan Daily, Feb. 22, 2018

How the new 3rd grade reading law impacts Ann Arbor SchoolsMLive, Oct. 24, 2017

New transgender policy at Ann Arbor Schools sends 'strong message'MLive, June 29, 2017

Ann Arbor school board OKs 750 Schools of Choice seats for 2017-18MLive, March 30, 2017

School Board Split Ann Arbor Observer, February 2017

Following deadlock, Ann Arbor school board appoints new trusteeMLive, Dec. 16, 2016