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.

Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I deleted three comments associated with this story—Patch is not, and will not become a public forum for attacking people and airing aspects of their private lives. Don't do it, period. I do not delete all negative comments. I feel people should have the right to express their thoughts—negative or positive—about local issues and public officials as long as they don't contain profanity or derogatory words.
K. Hough February 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ms. Rogers, I am not sure you recieved my email. I want you to know that you acted unfair. All comments should have been deleted. I am trying to figure out how you felt that it was unfair to speak the truth about one subject but think it is fair for MParkMom to attack my education and self- respect. I am sorry that you feel that people only need half truths. You would make a get poltician.
BloomsCrossingMom February 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Read your earlier comments, K. Hough. Ms. Rogers appears to have standards and a line that you have crossed. She has explained herself. This site is under her administration. If you think her unfair, you have the right not to read or post somewhere else. Completely your choice. Lots of sites on the internet to choose from. Have at it. Maybe MParkMom is a bit heavy, but on comment boards you are judged by your language, grammar, spelling, and the like. Ideas can be heard if they are well presented. Present poorly and you risk judgment solely based on these things because that is all we see: words on a computer. If you don't wish the criticism, maybe you shouldn't criticize others, get a thicker skin, or stay away from the internet all together.
speakthetruth February 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Ms. Rogers- I agree 100% that profanity and verbal attacks should be deleted from the comments. In my opinion, the Kelly's agreeing to do this story was in bad taste and judgement. In doing this story, they have opened the doors to comments, good and bad. We are a small community, and sure, there are 3 sides to every story, but after the affair, a bitter divorce, and custody fight (all these things are well known in our little community), this 'love story' being printed is like salt being poured into a wound. Again, I express shock and dismay that the Kelly's decided it was a good idea to put this 'story' out there. I do believe the Kelly's had to know that there would be good and bad reactions to this story. Thank you for letting me state my opinion.
K. Hough February 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Why does the keep coming back to two words being spelled wrong. I don't need to get thicker skin. I was okay with her opinion. She is the one that attacked mine. I didn't cross any lines. I spoke the truth in the fact that I felt it was wrong to use this story to represent Manassas Park schools. I have a right to the freedom of speech and to my opinion just like everyone else. Hope you all have a wonderful evening.
K. Hough February 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Thank you for someone else thinking this was in bad taste.
Doc February 13, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Regardless of us knowing others' private lives, we should come to terms that this family is now doing the right thing, regardless of what happened in the past. They are officially married, have kids, truly care about each other, etc. Maybe because I don't come from a traditional family (having a stepfather and step-siblings), I know my mother and stepfather love each other. Sometimes we got to move on and actually see the good in people. Mr. Kelly is a great, caring man. His relationship with students is by far one of the best I have seen. He is willing to stay after school with the students and gives them a chance to succeed. Even for his AP students, he would make sure his students have a good breakfast prior to the AP exams. The outcome: many students got a score of 3 and above. The Kelly's not only care about themselves, but also they care about the students. That's why they complement well and I have the upmost respect for them.
Jennifer Langly February 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
IS this family doing the right thing? The "facts" of this story are untruths. They "hid" the relationship because Mr. Kelly was a married man with a wife and four children living in the home in 2005. This is NOT an example of positive role models for our school. This is not an example of the "ABCs of Love." The Kelly’s may care about themselves, but it has been my experience that people who care about themselves, care about lying to the community. The past is what this article was written about, therefore, the past must be addressed. TRUTHFULLY. The Kelly's chose to put their private lives out there and should have expected the outcome. Deleting previous posts does not change the fact that... this article is distasteful.
CougarForever February 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
This has been proven to be very distasteful for MPCS. I am along time Cougar. This article has hurt and upset a lot of people. Seems to me that the Kelly's were only thinking of themselves. I hope the children don't get hurt by this uncaring act.
K. Hough February 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I have sat back and watched how this as revolved. Even though most of my post have been deleted the same things have been said by other concerned Manassas Park residents. It still amazes me that this was thought to be a good way to represent MPCS. I had my concerns when it first was talked about. As I have said before I can see that it wasn't. I still feel that to was wrong of the Kelly's to even voluntarily do the article. I feel that it was distasteful and uncaring to all that were involved. I also feel if you are going to do the article then don't do half truth. I will say this is not a dating service it is a school system that has come from being nothing to having four outstanding buildings and offering a great education to these children. Maybe Manassas Park should concentrate more on the image of the fact the children no long have to share text books and are now learning off smart board's and less on the ACB's of love and affairs. To me this makes the Kelly's look cheap and self-centered. Not an image the child should have or we should approve of. Thank you for freedom of speech.
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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