Debbie Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

She previously taught art in the Northeastern Local Schools, primarily in the high school, including courses in beginning and advanced art, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, and design, while serving as the Arts Department Chair for a number of years.  She was an advisor for many extracurricular activities also, such as coaching, drama club, student government, and others. Many of her former students have built successful careers in various art fields.  Her outside interests include her decorative painting business, glass art, country living, travel, and baseball.