Phone: (803) 652-8200


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree of Arts in Secondary Education Social Studies (USCA) Associates of Art (TTC)

Mr. James Kelly

Hi! I'm James Kelly and I am a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher at New Ellenton Middle Steam Magnet School.  The 2020-2021 school year marks my second year at the school and I am excited to bring my love of learning to each and every student! This year is a continuation of unpredictability, but together we will be able to give your student(s) the best education they can receive! 


I am a graduate of USCA's Secondary Education program, and am certified to teach 5th-12th grade Social Studies.   I am prior service military (army 2007-2014) and I love to travel and experience Social Studies first hand, through exploration and social interaction with various cultures.  Some of the places I have traveled to include: El Salvador, Honduras, Romania, Afghanistan, Mexico and many more.  Through these experiences I feel I can bring social studies to life for students.  I am also happily married and have a daughter who is starting her first year of kindergarten.   I look forward to teaching your student(s) this year!   



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Below are some awesome resources to help your student(s) prepare for the 2020-2021 school year!  These resources will give your students a nice start and will continue to push their success. 


Sixth Grade:

The below link provides rovides teachers the opportunity to scour primary sources about youth in history and even offers a guide for students on how to get started accessing the vast array of resources that have been collected.

Children & Youth in History

The next link below is from PBS.  It offers some of the best in digital education with its Crash Course series on world history. Students can watch engaging and imaginative videos ranging in topics from the dawn of human civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire and beyond. 

PBS LearningMedia Crash Course


Seventh Grade:

The below link is a generalized resource for all things geography to help students prepare for the upcoming school year.  It is full of great resources and infomation, as well as various worksheets.

National Geographic Student Resources


Students of geography will find this website very useful. It has useful information about maps and globes and how to read them, use them and even build them.

Mapping Our World


The website below is designed for students looking for geographical information about different regions of the world. You can get different books and resources on geographical topics. It is a useful for making assignments on worlds’ facts, maps and cultures.

Geography Resources, Maps, & Facts for Students



Eighth Grade:

All about South Carolina, the history and how it came to be.  This is a great starting point to exploring SC history for this year!