Practitioner Affiliates and Volunteers

LizLiz Donnelly-Kellen, P20 Lab Volunteer, holds a BA in Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Physical Education from DePaul University. She has spent her career as a teacher, coach, camp counselor and administrator. She spent 5 years in preschool classrooms, 10 years as a camp counselor and director (ages 6-14); 30 years as children’s ski instructor and program director (ages 3- 13); 7 years as a P.E. teacher (Grades K-8); and 15 years as an early childhood program director, in Chicago and its suburbs. Liz became involved with the P20 program at its inception as a volunteer on the Communications staff, she joined the Motivation and Learning Lab during our second wave of the Motivation in Transition Project in January 2011.

Liz and her family moved to Lexington 3 years ago and she has become involved with a number of local organizations. She serves on the Board and Executive Board of Baby Health Services, is president of the Kentucky McTeggart Irish Dancers and volunteers at Beaumont Middle School as well as in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab. She also serves as Sherpa and Chauffer for Claire, a Junior at Lexington Catholic who runs track and is a competitive Irish dancer, and J.R. an 8th grader at Beaumont Middle school who plays ice hockey and lacrosse. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and getting to know her new home state.




Donald Piercey is a fifth grade teacher at Simmons Elementary in Versailles, Kentucky.  He enjoys teaching mathematics and incorporating music into his classroom whenever possible. Visit his blog, Straight From Simmons, for more information: