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Principal's Bio


     My name is Kelli Campbell, and I am the principal here at Mount Carmel Elementary School. I am so excited to be part of the wildcat family! I was raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee as an only child to my mother, who was an elementary teacher, and my father, who was an executive chef. I graduated from Elizabethton High School as Valedictorian of my class, and I began to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at E.T.S.U. During this time, I met my wonderful husband, Kenneth, and we now have two children, Logan (7) and Natalie (4).

     While at E.T.S.U. , I was able to be part of the Honors-in-Discipline program and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2007. After graduation, I began teaching in Carter County as an interim guidance counselor and kindergarten teacher. An opportunity opened up for me to finish the year in Elizabethton City at West Side Elementary teaching fourth and fifth grade. After this first busy year, I accepted a full-time position as a kindergarten teacher at Woodland Elementary in Johnson City Schools. I loved teaching kindergarten, and I often tell our teachers this is "my happy place." I love to work with younger students.

     During my time at Woodland Elementary, I transitioned to the L.E.A.D teacher and began supporting the development of the Response to Instruction and Intervention Program there. I worked closely with students K-5 who struggled with reading and math. I was able to coach teachers and instructional assistants in each of the intervention areas and received my certification to teach/consult other teacher in the Lindamood-Bell Reading Programs. As I learned more about administration, coaching, and intervention, I began to develop an interest in becoming a principal. This led me back to E.T.S.U where I received my master's degree in Administration.   

     After receiving my degree, I began a position with the Tennessee Department of Education as an Academic Consultant for the First Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence or CORE Office. I traveled around the region supporting schools with implementation of RTI2 (Response to Instruction and Intervention). In addition, I taught reading intervention courses for middle and high school teachers across the region. While completing this work, I was able to support teachers, principals, and supervisors in Hawkins County. I enjoyed this so much I decided to apply to be a principal in the district. I am so thankful I am able to work at Mount Carmel Elementary. Please come by and see me if you have any questions or concerns. If my door is open, you are welcome!