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Tuesday, 3/31/2015

Welcome Back Caring Hares!


Image 1_ Mission StatementAugust 2014

Dear Long Meadow Staff and Families,

The 2014-2015 school year has arrived and I am anticipating a year of joyful learning at Long Meadow Elementary! Throughout the summer months, I have found Long Meadow Elementary to be a warm and welcoming school community with caring and very dedicated families, teachers, and students. I have had the pleasure of witnessing acts of kindness within the school hallways and out in our community by many Long Meadow Caring Hares! Teachers helping teachers, PTA members volunteering their time to our school, and of course, students offering a smile while extending a warm welcome to their new principal. I am certain this will be a year full of these important and joyful moments. I invite you to participate in passing on random acts of kindness whenever possible. Small acts lead to full hearts!

For those I have yet to meet, I offer this small snapshot into my personal and professional life. Personally, this is a year of transition for the Dessy family! My husband, Bob, is extending his cooking skills and taxi duties as he allows me to live my dream. My daughter, Ellie, will be a freshman at Stoney Creek High School and my son, Bobby, is heading to sixth grade at Hart. Ellie continues to explore her passion of riding horses, often bareback, and Bobby loves the smell of the ice while preparing for his hockey season. I feel so fortunate to call Rochester Hills our home. In our free time, you can find us playing with our dog, April, rooting for the Red Wings, or enjoying a DQ Blizzard or an Alibi pizza with their antipasto salad! Dessert before dinner is always the preference for a really special night!

Professionally, I am beginning my 16th year with Rochester Community Schools. I have enjoyed 9 years teaching first grade and 6 years serving as a learning consultant at Hugger Elementary. I have my Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and my Masters in Teaching and Learning from MaryGrove College. Currently, I am learning and reflecting through the Education Leadership program at Oakland University. Go Grizzlies! I will complete my Education Specialist degree this spring! I enjoy giving back to BGSU by supporting Children’s Miracle Network as a founding member of BGSU Dance Marathon student philanthropy. I am eager to meet all of the Long Meadow students and families and encourage you to introduce yourself to me during our many amazing school events throughout the year.

I realize change in leadership can bring a mix of excitement and anxious moments for the school community. I will continue to spend several months to grow relationships and learn the traditions of excellence that make Long Meadow a very special place to learn. It is my intent to listen and learn about your hopes and dreams for our school. Further, I value genuine collaboration and feel it is the best way to build upon a positive school culture. I will be a leader that is visible, approachable, and honest. Finally, I want to encourage, challenge, and support you to be the best you can be for each and every child, every day at Long Meadow Elementary.

My door is open and your voice will be valued and respected. I will work tirelessly to gain your trust and I am appreciative of all constructive feedback. Thank you for allowing me to serve the Long Meadow school community. I am honored and humbled. Welcome back, Caring Hares!



Kelly E. Dessy

Long Meadow Elementary