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Longtime Counselor Takes On Principal’s Role

Name: Kelly Farkas

Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary

What will be your first priorities as principal be?
My first priorities are to get to know the students, staff and community.

What are you most looking forward to as principal here?
I’m looking forward to working with some amazing teachers, a wonderful support staff, and students that are eager to learn. I plan to continue to grow this warm and caring community that my predecessor worked very hard at establishing.

What and where were your previous job?
I have 21 years of experience in the district. I was counselor at Kelloggsville Middle School for 11 years; counselor at Kelloggsville High School for four years and chemistry teacher at Kelloggsville High School for six years.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Building a new house is taking up all my extra time right now! I enjoy going to my kids’ sporting events. I like being outside, exercising and enjoying the beautiful Michigan summers. I do a lot of walking.

What inspires you?
Connecting with students. Letting them know you care. Watching them accomplish amazing things. Helping them grow academically, supporting them emotionally, and guiding and encouraging them to fulfill their potential.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I traveled to Europe for six summers in a row and visited over 15 countries. I loved Italy, England, France, the Scandinavian countries, Denmark and Greece. Also, when I was single in my 20s, I bought my own speed boat. I love to spend summers on the water at Grand Haven.

What college degrees did you earn?
I have a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Spouse and children?
My husband is Bill Hurst, and kids are sons Gavin, 12, and Reagan, 9.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio


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