Member Spotlight: Kelli Campbell

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Kelli Campbell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Kent ISD

How long have you worked in education?
12 years

How long have you been an administrator?
4 years

Give us a few personal details.
I have three kids, Lauryn 10, Madisyn 9, and Tyler 7. We love Michigan State Basketball - Go Green!! Our dog's name is Izzo : ) We love to travel and are busy planning our next road trip from LA to Seattle!!

What do you find most challenging about your job?
Time - Its the nonrenewable resource that we all struggle with, never having enough of.

What is most rewarding about your job?
Impact - Anytime I know that we have made an impact on students it is so fulfilling. This has been the most rewarding part of my entire career as an educator as I am sure it is with all of us.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
This past spring I had the privilege of leading curriculum work in a local district. The teachers from all subject areas worked to prioritize standards and gain clarity around what they were teaching. They were dedicated to the process and their excitement and leadership were contagious. It was an honor to be a part of that work.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
Join MASSP!! When I was a new principal they were life savers. MASSP is an invaluable resource. The networking and training opportunities are fantastic!! Beyond the membership, I would encourage you to read the weblines (quick, awesome way to stay up on what's happening), attend PD (the 'Are They Telling The Truth' one was my favorite as a first year principal), and go to EDCON in June every summer (It's fun for the whole family, the networking is amazing).

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
We are launching the Kent ISD Michigan Mathematics Collaborative. One of the major components will be supporting teachers in the area of mathematics instruction through our Michigan Mathematics Educators Network (#MichME). We have over 180 participants registered and we are collaborating with other ISD Math Consultants in the region. We have also hired two new math specialist who will be supporting the initiative with hopes of elevating math education in classrooms, in districts, and across the region.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
I have been reading books by Brene Brown. I enjoyed 'The Gifts of Imperfection' and am currently reading 'Daring Greatly'. They have application to work and home. With the challenges we currently face as administrators I appreciate the focus on mindfulness.


Do you or someone you know deserve the spotlight, please fill out this Google Form. To read about other MASSP members in the Spotlight, please visit mymassp.com/memberspotlight.

Questions? Please contact Chelsey Martinez at chelseym@michiganprincipals.org.

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. These members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: to advance learning through educational leadership.

Do you or someone you know deserve the spotlight, please fill out this Google Form.

Questions? Please contact Chelsey Martinez at chelseym@michiganprincipals.org


Kelli Campbell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Kent ISD

How long have you worked in education?
12 years

How long have you been an administrator?
4 years

Give us a few personal details.
I have three kids, Lauryn 10, Madisyn 9, and Tyler 7. We love Michigan State Basketball - Go Green!! Our dog's name is Izzo : ) We love to travel and are busy planning our next road trip from LA to Seattle!!

What do you find most challenging about your job?
Time - Its the nonrenewable resource that we all struggle with, never having enough of.

What is most rewarding about your job?
Impact - Anytime I know that we have made an impact on students it is so fulfilling. This has been the most rewarding part of my entire career as an educator as I am sure it is with all of us.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
This past spring I had the privilege of leading curriculum work in a local district. The teachers from all subject areas worked to prioritize standards and gain clarity around what they were teaching. They were dedicated to the process and their excitement and leadership were contagious. It was an honor to be a part of that work.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
Join MASSP!! When I was a new principal they were life savers. MASSP is an invaluable resource. The networking and training opportunities are fantastic!! Beyond the membership, I would encourage you to read the weblines (quick, awesome way to stay up on what's happening), attend PD (the 'Are They Telling The Truth' one was my favorite as a first year principal), and go to EDCON in June every summer (It's fun for the whole family, the networking is amazing).

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
We are launching the Kent ISD Michigan Mathematics Collaborative. One of the major components will be supporting teachers in the area of mathematics instruction through our Michigan Mathematics Educators Network (#MichME). We have over 180 participants registered and we are collaborating with other ISD Math Consultants in the region. We have also hired two new math specialist who will be supporting the initiative with hopes of elevating math education in classrooms, in districts, and across the region.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
I have been reading books by Brene Brown. I enjoyed 'The Gifts of Imperfection' and am currently reading 'Daring Greatly'. They have application to work and home. With the challenges we currently face as administrators I appreciate the focus on mindfulness.


What do you find most challenging about your job?
What is most rewarding about your job?
Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
What do you most value about your MASSP membership?