Penny Kelly started her career in Fire/Rescue in 1989 where she served as a volunteer at her local fire station. During that time she was also working as an R.N. in outpatient surgery. Joining the Remington Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department sparked her interest to take the EMT class offered at the station. She was one of the first females to take the Fire 1 and 2 class. As an R.N. she knew she couldn't use her skills in a pre-hospital setting so she decided to take the Paramedic Program and volunteer as an FF/Paramedic. When the opportunity came along to assist with the EMT program at the local high school she jumped at the chance and has been teaching for the last 18 years in 3 different high schools. We are glad to have her here at Falls Church High School Academy, which is the first and only Fire/EMS course in Fairfax County. In the past eight years, the program has grown from 17 students to three full classes daily with an enrollment of 52.