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The Prowler

The student-run online newspaper for Starr's Mill High School

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Kellie Clark
Katie Johnson
The Panther family welcomes choral director Kellie Clark to Starr’s Mill. This is her 22nd year of teaching.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music education from Morehead State University
  • Master’s degree in vocal performance from Miami University 
  • Currently completing her doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Kentucky 


  • Teaches AP music theory  
  • Teaches chorus 

Interesting facts

  • Originally from Kentucky 
  • Mother to two sons, ages 18 and 23
  • Loves attending music festivals 

Starr’s Mill welcomes new choral director Kellie Clark to the Panther family. She replaces Dr. Odom who retired in the spring. Clark was previously at Kennesaw State University for a year and Eastern Illinois University for another year. She has been teaching choral music for 22 years.

“I feel like [music] needs to be part of my life daily, and sharing that with other people is the thing that I love the most,” Clark said. “That’s what really inspires me. I think that I would miss it if it wasn’t in my life.”

Clark started at the middle school level teaching choral music before moving to the high school level where she taught choral music for 12 years. From there she moved up to the collegiate level teaching students who want to be music teachers themselves. 

Clark is from northern Kentucky, just 20 miles south of Cincinnati. This year she will teach four chorus classes and one AP music theory class.

“Something that’s important to me is that the students use something from the music to be a gateway to help them think and deepen their understanding to all sorts of topics,” Clark said. “Most of my students are not going to go and major in music necessarily, but I hope that they will go on to keep music as an important part of their lives.” 

When Clark is not teaching music, she mostly can be found hiking with her dog or going to music festivals to enjoy different types of music.

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