Roseville Community Schools names new Kaiser Elementary principal

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 25, 2017

 Kelly Torpey is the new principal of Kaiser Elementary School. Torpey has worked in the Roseville Community Schools district since 1995.

Kelly Torpey is the new principal of Kaiser Elementary School. Torpey has worked in the Roseville Community Schools district since 1995.

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools announced Jan. 12 that Kelly Torpey is the new principal of Kaiser Elementary School.

Torpey will take over for Teresa Tomala, who was hired as special education director for the district in late December and had served as Kaiser Elementary principal since 2014, according to a press release from the district.

Torpey has been employed by the school district since 1995 and started as a teacher at Patton Elementary School.

“She has spent the last three years as an instructional specialist at Kment Elementary, working under the SIG (School Improvement Grant) III Grant. In this role, Torpey trained staff to help improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill and effectiveness. She also evaluated student progress in the instructional programs, which included maintaining up-to-date student data,” the release states.

“I coached and mentored teachers; I also provided support for them in the classroom to make sure they were implementing their roles,” she said. “We wanted to make sure the money we spent with the SIG money was utilized.” Torpey said in an interview with the Eastsider. 

As far as her new role as principal, Torpey has one goal.

“I want to keep this school moving in a positive direction. My role will be to lend them support and find ways I can help them,” said Torpey. 

Superintendent John Kment commented on the principal search in the press release.

“Torpey was chosen over some other very qualified candidates from within the district,” Kment stated.

“Kelly has over 20 years experience in the district, and she has been involved in the Priority School process. I am very pleased that she is now going to be the principal of Kaiser Elementary School,” he stated.

Torpey, who officially began Jan. 12, said she’s focusing on the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress. The assessment is done in Roseville three times a year — once in the fall, once in January and once in the spring, according to Torpey.

“Right now with this year coming in mid-to-late January, the teachers do a great job over here. I definitely want to get their input and let them know we’re a team,” said Torpey.

Torpey attended Wayne State University and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a major in mathematics, the release states. She also earned her master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University in early childhood education with a ZA endorsement.

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