•        Mrs. VanPelt's Bio

    Hello everyone! My name is Shelly VanPelt, and I am very excited for the 2017-2018 school year!. I grew up in Vanderbilt, and Industrial is very dear to my heart. I attended Vanderbilt Elementary (now IEE), Industrial Junior High, and graduated from Industrial High School in 1987. I received my elementary education degree from the University of Houston-Victoria in December of 1990.

    I come from a family of educators. My mom taught for 32 years, and 25 of those years were spent in Industrial I.S.D. My dad spent 36 years in education, and 29 of those years were in Industrial I.S.D.  My brother is also an educator (Athletic Director at Goliad ISD), and an Industrial Alumni. Industrial is a very important part of my life......once a Cobra......ALWAYS a Cobra!

    I began my teaching career in Victoria I.S.D. in 1991. While in VISD, I taught first and second grade at Dudley Elementary for 11 years, and 4th grade for 7 years at DeLeon Elementary. I was excited when I had the opportunity to join the Industrial family as an educator!  I'm beginning my 8th year teaching 5th grade at IEE! This will be my 28th year of being an educator, which is something that I am very proud of. One of my proudest moments as an educator is being awarded IEE Teacher of the Year and Industrial Elementary Teacher of the year in 2011.
    I am married to Clay VanPelt. We have been married for 26 years and we live in Inez. My husband is a partner in an accounting firm in Victoria. Clay and I have two wonderful children. Our daughter Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) and is majoring in pre-physical therapy. After finishing her bachelor's degree in pre-physical therapy, she plans on attending PT school to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kelsey also plays basketball at UMHB and we enjoy watching her play! Go Cru!
    Our son Karson, is a seventh grader at Industrial Junior High and is looking forward to an exciting school year! He is super excited to start football this fall. We are looking forward to watching him play on Cobra Field! He will keep us busy this year with all of the extra curricular activities he is planning on being involved in.  I truly value the time spent with my family! 

    I want to thank you for sharing your child with me this year. I look forward to watching my students learn and grow throughout the school year. It's going to be a fun and excited ADVENTURE in 5th grade this year! 

    GO COBRAS!!!!