Greetings Sailor Nation,

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the festive season where our hearts tend to be a little softer and our spirits are uplifted. At least those are a few of the feelings I’ve had these last few weeks as I’ve transitioned into my new role as Principal at Campbell Elementary. I am looking forward to connecting with all of you and supporting the unique work you do to ensure that Campbell students receive a quality educational experience.

My career in education began as an English teacher at Muskegon High School.  After 5 years, I was promoted to assistant principal and International Baccalaureate Coordinator. After 9 years of working with teenagers, I was given the opportunity to work with younger children and served as the assistant principal at Nelson Elementary for 3 years. Most recently, I have been the assistant principal and Two-Way Spanish Immersion administrator at Marquette Elementary. Along the way, I earned two master degrees, one in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and another in K-12 Educational Leadership. I am 3 courses shy of my Educational Specialist Degree.

Although I am new as an official Mona Shores employee, I am not new to the Sailor Community. I have resided in the district for a long time, and I have a daughter at the middle school and a son at the high school. In fact, I may have served you as a band parent in the concession stand or greeted you as a volunteer at a choir concert.  

In addition to getting to know all of you, I will spend my first few months focused on the following:

• Becoming emotionally in tune with the building: being visible and developing a clear connection to the spirit and culture of the school and how it operates.

• Understanding who our students are, how they are learning, and their greatest support needs: frequent visits to the classrooms, playground, and the cafeteria.

• Engaging in the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy work: supporting the instructional practices needed for implementation.

• Digging into the data-including providing relevant data needed to guide our work.

Change can be unexpected and difficult at times, but I have a servant’s heart, and I am committed to supporting, leading, and learning alongside of all of you! Please feel free to connect with me by phone, email or stopping in.

Warmly Yours,

Kelly N. Ivy, M.Ed.