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CORRINA O'BRIEN KELSEY

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIMARY ROLES AT PREP?
Director of Admission, Freshman Girls Basketball Coach, Assistant Girls Cross Country Coach, Ambassadors Moderator, and 2006 Alumnae.  

MOST MEMORABLE GONZAGA PREP MOMENT?
As a student, I could list off many memorable moments from retreats to classes, but my favorite memory was playing basketball with my sister, Katie O'Brien (class of 2003). I was fortunate enough to make varsity as a freshman and she was a senior. We had never played together before then, other than in our driveway, so it was fun to both be in the starting line up together.  Since then, I take every opportunity to play with her and my oldest sister, Sarah (class of 2000) -- every summer you can find us on the Hoopfest court! 

Last spring was a memorable moment in my role as Admission Director. The seniors graduating were 8th graders when I began my role at Gonzaga Prep. It has been memorable to see their growth and transformation while at Gonzaga Prep, and it makes me even more excited as I work with prospective middle school students and families. 

WHAT WERE YOU UP TO BEFORE PREP?
I graduated from Gonzaga University in 2010 with a degree in Education. After graduation, I was hired as an Admission Counselor at Gonzaga University. I loved the work of admissions, but missed the day-to-day interaction with students. When they posted the Admission Director role at Gonzaga Prep, I knew it would blend both of my passions.

FAVORITE JOB PERK? 
I do not teach, but my office is located in the counseling center. I love the day-to-day interactions with the current students. 

HARDLY ANYBODY KNOWS…..
I was named after the Bob Dylan song, "Corrina, Corrina" 

WHEN YOU WERE 10 WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
The next Pat Summitt (former Tennessee's women's basketball coach who, over the course of her career, accrued 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA men's or women's basketball history) 

OFF CAMPUS WE MIGHT FIND YOU…
Running with my dog, Murphy! 

I KNEW I WANTED TO WORK AT GONZAGA PREP WHEN….
I fell in love with Prep when I was a third grader, watching my sister play basketball. I always knew it as a welcoming community, even as a young child. As a student, I was always intrigued by those teachers who gradated from Gonzaga Prep and returned. While at Gonzaga University, I worked with Ms. Schlepp for a semester, which probably gave me the most excitement about working at Gonzaga Prep. 

I'm fortunate enough to be in the role I am in today, to be able to promote the incredible things our students and faculty do every day, as well as continue to live out my dream of being the Freshman Girls "Pat Summitt".
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