It is with great sadness we announce that Kelley Teabo will be leaving NJCTS as the end of June. Kelley worked with founder Faith Rice before NJCTS was even a reality. They set up shop in a small office serving the TS community through TSA-NJ. It’s an understatement to say that Kelley played an intregral role in the creation of NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome – the nation’s FIRST center of excellence for TS.
But it is Kelley’s role as an in-take manager, Camp director, and Leadership Academy “mom,” that set her apart with our families. She was often the first voice on the other end of the line when families called for support. She spent hours and hours comforting parents, letting them know they are not alone, and giving them the help they needed.
At camp, she not only organizes the whole dang thing, but she was chief-fun-maker-in-charge. (Do you know how hard it is to find Shrinky-Dinks these days?) She was also everyone’s alarm clock! Waking everyone up with her signature “Good morning, good morning, good morning!”
Young campers were not the only ones who were treated with Kelley’s early morning greeting. Tim Howard Leadership Academy teens were also woken up by Kelley each morning, right after she set up their breakfast and made sure everything was ready for their day. Most importantly, it was Kelley who the teens would seek out when they needed a break from the day. She would patiently sit behind the desk at Rutgers and listen, give advice, or laugh with them.
Kelley’s role was not just being a friend to our families and organizing our great events. Kelley, with Marty Butterfield, grew the Webinar program into what it is today with nearly 150 presentations given in the last 13 years. Through that she built relationships with doctors and educators throughout the region. She was the face of NJCTS at the NJEA teacher conference each year. She was also the force behind our scholarship program and many other activities and projects throughout her years at NJCTS.
Kelley’s impact is immeasurable and goes far beyond what we can include in one email. If you would like to share your thoughts about Kelley publicly, please do so on our Facebook page. (And share your photos too!) If you want to send a more personal message, see below.
Join us in wishing Kelley the best of luck in her new adventures in Virginia!