Specially designed t-shirts and stickers will honor the legacy of a popular college professor

Kelli Michael with other members of the Mulrennan Relay For Life team.

Kelli Michael, a science teacher at Mulrennan Middle School, died suddenly of acute lymphoblastic leukemia last month. Kelli taught for 27 years in the Hillsborough County school system, teaching locally throughout her career, starting at Alafia Elementary, then teaching at Buckhorn Elementary and most recently as a science teacher at Mulrennan Middle School. She is survived by her husband, Brian Michael, and two children, Sean and Shane. Kelli was recently selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning as the most valuable teacher for January future goals in the NHL’s Most Valuable Teacher program. Additionally, Kelli was once named Buckhorn Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

She was also a Les Mills aerobics instructor at the YMCA and had a loyal following. Kelli advocated for the education of the mind and the fitness of the body as she believed it was also good for the mind. She was a great role model for those around her, as she actively participated in 5K events for various causes.

Her favorite event and charity was Relay For Life because she had loved ones who were suffering or had died from cancer. She has been an active participant through her school and has been able to help raise awareness about this tragic disease that touches the lives of so many.

Because of her dedication to Relay For Life, this year Buckhorn Elementary School, Mulrennan Middle School and Durant High School are joining together to honor Kelli. They created a campaign to raise funds with the sale of a personalized t-shirt and stickers.

“She loved the schools, this community and Relay for Life. The theme, ‘Curing Cancer Would Be A Sweet Relay’, paired with Kelli’s favorite animal, the koala, will create a shirt we hope to see everywhere,” Brian said.

The shirts cost $20 and are on sale until Friday, October 14. Proceeds will go to Relay For Life and a fund to help her two children.

Local businesses, such as Daily Blends of Valrico, put his sticker on their store window. The family would like to see other members of the community and local businesses also support these efforts in their honor.

For more information or to purchase T-shirts and stickers, contact Tiffany Schreffler at tiffany.schreffler@hcps.net.

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