Leadership changes at C-A

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth students and parents will see several familiar faces in new places when school resumes Tuesday, September 6.

As previously announced, Superintendent Eddie Kindle will begin his first school year in the top job. After serving two years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and human resources, Kindle was promoted in April and took over in early June, after the departure of previous Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff.

Catherine McGilvery is the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and human resources, filling the vacancy created by Kindle’s promotion. Serving the district for 33 years, McGilvery has filled several seats including most recently, as principal of Rankin Elementary.

Laura Garrison will be the new principal at Rankin, after serving three years on the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education. This will be her first job in the C-A district but she comes with a lengthy educational resume. She taught for 20 years in the Flint School District and most recently served as assistant principal at Flint’s Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary.

“I knew when I graduated from college that I wanted to be an administrator,” Garrison said in a press statement. “After graduating with my bachelor’s in Elementary Education from U of M Flint I enrolled in Eastern Michigan University and got my master’s in Educational Leadership. I then went on to get a second master’s in Curriculum.”

Garrison comes from a family of educators including a grandmother, two aunts, an uncle and several cousins, she said.

Garrison said she is excited to take the help at Rankin because she lives in that area and all three of her children attended the school. Mikaila, her eldest child, is a 2016 graduate of Carman Ainsworth High School. Alivia will be a freshman at CAHS in the fall and Luke will be in 7th grade at Carman Ainsworth Middle School.

“I am looking forward to working with the staff and families of Rankin,” Garrison said. “For me it is like going back home. My vision for my new role is to continue to make Rankin a great place to learn and succeed.”

Another goal is to develop community partnerships in order to maximize resources for Rankin families, she said.

In other leadership changes, Rick Kalinin, former assistant principal at CAMS, is the new principal at Randels Elementary, replacing Bonnie L. Haffajee, who retired. Kalinin could not be reached for comment on his new position.

Filling Kalinin’s old job as assistant principal at CAMS will be Karri Forrest, who has worked as a science teacher at CAHS for thirteen years.

“I decided very early on in my career that educational leadership was of interest to me,” Forrest said in a press comment. “So, I completed my Masters of Arts degree in K-12 educational administration from Michigan State University in 2009. In the years that followed, I took on many teacher leader roles within Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools.” Forrest said she sees her new position at CAMS as an opportunity to prove her leadership skills and to pursue her interests in improving student achievement.

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