Middle School Principal


"Our job in the Middle School is to set our students up for academic success. We need to be ever mindful of the unique and challenging nature of adolescence and provide the support and structures our learners require to question, explore, experiment, and discover in a safe and intellectually stimulating environment. As Albert Einstein said, “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”"

Elaine Kelly, Middle School Principal

Elaine Kelly has worked in the education field for the past 25 years. Before joining UNIS, Elaine taught English and social studies in the United Arab Emirates and in her native Canada. Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Francis Xavier University (St. F.X.) in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She received her Master of Education in Leadership and Administration from the School of Education at St. F.X., as well.

Elaine first joined UNIS as a middle school humanities teacher at the Queens Campus in 2005. In 2007, she moved to the Manhattan Campus to teach humanities and English to middle school students. During her time at UNIS, Elaine has served on a number of different school-wide committees and in a variety of administrative roles. She was a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee from 2011-12, and co-chaired a sub-committee as part of the most recent CIS accreditation visit in 2014. She was a Grade Coordinator for the 7th grade, and Subject Coordinator for Middle School humanities. Elaine was the Middle School Assistant Principal from September 2012-April 2018. During that time, she served as Acting Principal on two separate occasions.

Elaine believes in children and the power of learning. She is a student-centered educator who knows a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn has no limits. Elaine understands that it is the job of educators to nurture and stretch these natural inclinations of their students.