District Volunteer Coordinator, Leon County Schools
Tallahassee, Leon County
Kelli Walker currently serves as the District Volunteer Coordinator for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee. Kelli is responsible for administering the volunteer, mentor, and business partner programs at the district level. The Leon County Schools’ volunteer program consists of over 16,000 volunteers who annually donate almost $4 million in volunteer labor. In addition, Kelli has worked for the Florida Department of Education in the role of Director of Volunteer and Community Involvement. In that capacity, she oversaw programs that promote exemplary practices in volunteer and community engagement in Florida’s public schools.
Prior to arriving at the Florida Department of Education, Kelli served as a volunteer coordinator and business partner coordinator in Leon County Schools for more than a decade. At Gilchrist Elementary School, Kelli built and administered a volunteer program consisting of over 750 parents, grandparents, and community members and during her tenure the collective volunteer labor exceeded $1.5 million.
Kelli established the Partners in Excellence Program at Montford Middle School. Recognizing the tremendous impact school-community partnerships can have in enhancing learning environments for schools, Kelli built a business partner program at Montford Middle School consisting of over 100 different businesses and civic organizations that regularly invested their resources and volunteer manpower into the school. After six years, the Montford Partners in Excellence Program’s collective donations were approximately $750,000.00 in monetary contributions, goods and services, and volunteer labor.
Always seeking ways to bring about school improvement, for eight years, Kelli has served on School Advisory Councils at four different schools, the Leon County School’s District Advisory Council for four years, and the Central Council for Leon County Schools for two years. Furthermore, she has acted as the fundraising chair for the Leon High School Girls Soccer Program, a member of the Childers-Everett Scholarship Foundation, member of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) nominating committees for three different schools, and secretary of the Leon High School PTO. In 2007, Kelli was named as the Tallahassee Democrat’s Volunteer of Year in the education category. Currently, Kelli serves as the secretary of the Florida Association of Partners in Education.
A native Floridian, Kelli graduated from Florida State University and holds Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and International Affairs. Kelli resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Jeff Walker, and their two children, Caroline and Scott.