Kelly Dine, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed, a biology instructor and nurse, has been leading and teaching the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program at Akron North High School since 2014. She was awarded a 2013 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, which facilitated her career change from nursing to teaching. Kelly is also a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, honorably discharged in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4).
Kelly's other passion is baseball officiating. She currently works as a baseball umpire for the NCAA, the NAIA, the Midwest Prospect League, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and Summit County Umpires. She is currently the only female umpire in the United States to be officiating college baseball in the College Baseball Umpires Association. Recently she was given a scholarship to participate in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Professional Umpire Camp in Fort Myers, FL. She is now working with the MLB and other organizations to evaluate and recruit more umpires, with an emphasis on drawing more females into baseball officiating.
Kelly volunteers her time in her community in many ways. She is a longtime Little League baseball and softball umpire. She is also a trained advocate for the American Diabetes Association Safe at Schools program, assisting families and school districts in implementing plans to ensure the well-being and safety of schoolchildren who now battle diabetes. She and her husband Jeff have 3 sons; the entire family are dedicated American Diabetes Association volunteers and advocates for people with diabetes. Kelly's interests include collecting and selling antiques, and cheering on her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kelly was selected as the Akron Public Schools 2015-2016 Rookie of the Year. She graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She is also an alumni of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She earned her Masters' degree in Education from the University of Akron, as well as earning more than 20 credit hours in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).