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Kelly Riling

Managing Director of Programs

Kelly Riling is a Managing Director of Programs at NCTR. She joined NCTR in 2020. In her role, she provides technical assistance and support to NCTR partner programs in the Network. Kelly brings more than 15 years of experience in education, including 5 years in teacher residencies. She is the former creator and Manager of the AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency, one of the first teacher residencies to focus solely on developing high-quality preK teachers. Kelly has dedicated her career to making a difference in the lives of children, including several years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher in DC Public and Charter schools and as an early childhood principal. Kelly has also served as adjunct faculty for the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and Relay Graduate School for Education.


B.A., Art Education, Flagler College

M.Ed., Elementary Education, The George Washington University

Certificate in Early Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School for Education


Affiliated Organizations

School Leader Lab and Education Pioneers Alumni

ECE Affiliates

NAEYC – Zero to Three