Kelly Bird was raised in a small town in northern Utah called Tremonton, where his life evolved around sports, music, friends, and even a few shenanigans here and there with his 4 younger brothers. He played high school basketball and soccer and was planning on a fulfilling and rich career with the Utah Jazz (or a frontman for a major rock band, either would've been awesome!), both of which were quickly forgotten when he realized he actually wasn't that great at either.
He attended Utah State University after a church mission to the Philippines, ended up transferring to the University of Utah and graduated with a Physical Education degree, looking to coach high school basketball. He quickly realized he had more to give and went back to school at the U, graduating with his Masters degree in Special Physical Education in 2007. He began working in Special Education that year in Round Rock, Texas as an Adapted Physical Education teacher and still got to coach, working with Special Olympics athletes coaching basketball, soccer, track and field, bowling, and powerlifting.He moved back to Utah with his beautiful wife, Amy, and 6 children in 2014 and continued working in Special Education for Alpine School District continuing as an Adapted Physical Education teacher until 2018, where he had a self-diagnosed mid-life crisis and chose to become a firefighter. He now works full time for Unified Fire Authority but completely missed his students in Special Education and was offered an opportunity to come to Early Light and work part-time with the 5th and 6th grade students here. Kelly loves to smoke meat and can hang with the best of the Texas pitmasters, enjoys his free time with his wife and kids in the outdoors, specifically the mountains, and still thinks the Jazz could've benefitted from his skills!He is super excited for this new adventure and can't wait to see his students' growth, their accomplishments and achievements, and the excitement that school can offer to them!