Being fairly new to the organization and community, I thought I would introduce myself briefly. I was raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where I studied history and social studies. I taught middle and high school students history and government in Waukesha, Wisconsin and Bradley Central Junior High School in Bradley, Illinois. I also coached basketball, track, drove a school bus, and coordinated field trips for my students. In 1991, I led a program for urban and rural teenagers living in poverty for Kankakee Community College and became Dean of Students/Athletic Director of Bradley Central. I earned my master's degree in educational leadership from Illinois State University in 1992. I served as the high school principal in Olivet for eight years and eleven as superintendent. It has always been my goal to give students hope and the tools needed to fulfill their dreams and potential. With an amazing team of people, we were able to make Olivet a great place to be a student and educator. We developed numerous partnerships with Olivet College, the Calhoun Intermediate School District and Battle Creek Schools to offer a broad range of options for our students in an effort to give them the knowledge and skills to build and sustain their hope for a bright future despite a vastly changing global economy. In 2011, I became the superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency in Howell. Service agencies (also known as Intermediate School Districts) provide a natural fit for someone who is interested in helping develop collaborative partnerships between educational institutions, non-profits, and the business community. Becoming Superintendent of Kalamazoo RESA is a dream come true for professional and personal reasons (closer to family). My wife, Kathy, is a librarian and I have one daughter who has graduated from college and is working in Chicago, and one daughter who is a nurse in a wonderful Veterinary Clinic.
I am very involved with my professional association, the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA). I have always had a keen interest in government and policy and how they can positively impact people when developed and applied wisely. I have advocated for many reforms over the years to help make schools more relevant for students who are entering an economy that is vastly different than the one that made Michigan the envy of the world. Our students need a higher level of knowledge, skill, and character than was required in the past. Schools play a key role in that development in partnership with families. My involvement in the leadership of MASA opened my eyes to the need for and complexity of educational reform.
I have been so impressed with the staff I have met at Kalamazoo RESA and how they perform their jobs with high levels of skill and passion. The assumption of leadership of the Head Start program is an important challenge for Kalamazoo RESA and we are completely committed to helping the youngest students in the county reach their potential by helping prepare them for Kindergarten. We are also proud to be leading the area in the development of an Early/Middle College in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Kalamazoo RESA is a leader among Educational Service Agencies/Intermediate School Districts in our state and has numerous assets upon which to build a great future for the children in our county.
I look forward to working with you.
Dave Campbell, Superintendent