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The ABCs of Love: The Kellys

Mike and Krista Kelly met in 2005 when they were both teachers at Manassas Park High. The two married in April of 2006.

Editor's Note: This is part two of a five-part series on the families and couples who make up Manassas Park City Schools.

That little rumor about the math teacher and the social studies teacher turned out to be true.

 Mike Kelly and his wife Krista, both employees of Manassas Park City Schools met seven years ago at Manassas Park High School where the two taught—she math, he social studies.

In a way, they were high school sweethearts, but without the ragging teenage hormones complicating things.

 It was their mutual love of children and education that led the two to meet, their common interests that allowed their love to grow, and their faith that keeps it all together, the couple said.

Although they worked together, Mike and Krista’s first exchange of words was in 2005 at church.

The two recognized each other from the high school, but Mike couldn’t remember Krista’s last name, so he just kept it simple.

 “She started walking out at the end of church and I just said, 'Hey.' Mike said. “Her maiden name’s Neibert and I knew it was something to that extent, but I didn’t want to put my foot in my mouth.”

 “That just shows how well we didn’t know each other,” Krista said, musingly.

 Mike, said he’d noticed his future wife before that day at church and had found her attractive.

 “I’m told by others that I said he was cute at one of the staff meetings,” Krista said. “And I still think he’s cute.”

 Soon, the two became more than workmates.

During the courtship, they worked to keep their romance hidden—especially from the students.

“I told them I was dating somebody name, “Herbert” who was short, fat and wore glasses,” Krista said, laughing.

“Well, this is a professional place,” Mike said. “So, I think we did the right thing; we did a good thing by keeping our personal lives separate.”

 Only a few of the other teachers were aware that they were “friendly," the couple said.

Most people found out after they announced their engagement about 13 months after their meeting, Krista said.

 He popped the question over takeout from Taco Bell in her office one night when she had to work late.

“You don’t have to go out to an expensive place,” Mike said, laughing.

“We always hold hands to pray … he said something to the affect of, ‘please let this lovely lady say, 'yes' when I ask her to marry me.'"

After the engagement party—which was held at the high school—and a wedding, which was not, the newly-married couple settled into a routine that allowed them to ride together to work and talk.   They have a great line of communication, the couple said.

 “It’s a good thing, one thing that’s very important in marriage is communication and we have very good communication. At that time we were carpooling together and we were working here and it was easy to communicate,” Mike said.

“When we were teaching together, we shared a lot of the same students, it was nice; if I was having trouble with a student I could talk to her and we were able to work together on that ... when Krista was here, she was involved in a lot of programs and I was involved in a lot of programs, so we could see more ways to be efficient and more ways to be helpful to the school.”

 “And we still do that,” she said. “We frequently bounce ideas off each other.”

Their work schedules have changed over the years, with Krista taking on the job of finance director for the school division and the addition of two more children, a lively brother, Colin, who is now 5, and a 3-year-old sister,Lilly, for Mike’s son,  Carrington, an 11-year-old Manassas Park Middle School student.   

The communication remains great—Mike calls Krista at her office, which is just up the road from the school, around the same time every afternoon.

The two said they work closely together in getting everyone off to school in the mornings.

 The children know how important education is to them, she said.

“We try and stress that we’ll love for them to get straight As, but if they are doing their very best and are trying, and they are not getting straight As, then that’s OK, it’s just more important for them to try,” Krista, the valedictorian of her high school class, said.

 Looking back, Krista said if it weren't for education and Manassas Park High, she might have still been Krista Neibert instead of Krista Kelly.

 “If it were a different situation he would have never said, ‘hey’  he didn’t remember my name, but he knew me enough to be comfortable speaking to me … if I’d just been a stranger on the street, it would have been difficult,” she said.

MP Resident February 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I have read this and if the Kellys are happy then great for them; however, this was done in poor taste. This is not a family who should represent Manassas Park. Not only did this article sugar coat how they met and the circumstances under which they began to "date", but it ignores the fact that they do NOT even reside in this community, they are only employed by this locality. As far as them loving children, I believe that they love the children that are a part of their lives but I can honestly say that they have little to no respect or concern for other's children. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are personally at fault for making my children witness their childish antics and hostile attitude when dealing with his ex-wife. My children attended the first Mrs. Kelly's daycare and had to leave due to this couples constant drama and interference in the daily activities of the daycare. A few people have spoken of the kind nature and character of this couple, I bet each of you have not seen just how nasty and hateful these two can be. I believe in Christian values and I do not need to judge these two, I wish them the best in life and hope they can become better people for their children.
concernedformpcs February 14, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I can't believe the Kelly's 'love story' would have been included in this series had the writer known the facts. My opinion is the ego's involved wanted to see their 'love story' published, and didn't care how it would effect others. Is this what we want in our school system here at MPCS? Huge ego's and no empathy for others? It's not what most of us parents want, judging from the talk on the streets. Word travels fast in MP, and this story has grabbed the attention of many. I hope this isn't swept under the rug, like it was in 2005.
BloomsCrossingMom February 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Revolved? Do you mean "evolved"? As for the school system not being a dating service... plenty of people meet at or through work. None of the other people even served in the same building at the time they met their significant other. Your comments almost attack people like the Mamons or the Yenyos, who have a great story of how they met and a shared love of education and dedication to the children of this community. I don't know how I feel about the Kellys' story to be honest and certainly everyone has a right to their opinion, but I am very saddened to learn that I have such harsh, judgmental neighbors in this community.
Jennifer Langly February 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I see no harshness or judgment being placed. What I do see is that the truth is finally being brought out to the open. My only regret is that we didn’t speak up sooner for our community.
K. Hough February 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Bloomcrossingmom I wrote that exactly how wanted it to read. Yes it may sound alittle judgmental. I am along time resident of MP. I feel that I have a right to say the school system could have used the press for alittle more of an important subject. Even done in fun we need to do damage control before the damage is done. The Kelly's have not represented MPCS very well. I feel that it has hurt our image. Thank you for letting me have freedom of speech.

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