Kelly Thawley


Kelly Thawley, Career Specialist for The School District of Lee County, is responsible for overseeing work-based learning, career exploration, and business partnerships, from kindergarten through 12th grade, within the Career and Technical Education Department. She is dedicated to helping students discover their passions and connecting those students to the local workforce in southwest Florida, encouraging them on the pathway to a successful career.

Kelly is also deeply committed to inspiring young women to follow their dreams and fulfill their true potential, by serving on the Planning Committee for the LEAD Like a Girl program, on the Board of Directors for Our Mother’s Home, and as the Chair of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee. She graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum University with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. Kelly was a member of SWFL Inc.’s Leadership Class of 2020 and is a proud futureMaker.  She thrives in situations where she can use her passions to fuel her work and believes collaboration can bring about real change in our community.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Brantley, traveling, reading, and socializing with friends.