Principal Kelly Marotz
My name is Kelly Marotz, and I am thrilled to have been selected to join U46 as your new principal at Coleman Elementary School. As your new principal, it is my goal to continue making Coleman a great place for students to learn, teachers to teach and employees to work.
Having been a teacher and administrator for over 24 years, I consider my most important job, and calling, to be that of child advocate. As your new principal, I look forward to spending time with your children, getting to know their personalities, their learning styles, and their interests. I am excited about celebrating their success. I will encourage them to create goals for success, and I will assure them that they have a special place in our school community.
Not only am I excited about working with your children, but I also look forward to working with you! As the old African Proverb states, "It takes a village to raise a child", and I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share the great things your children do throughout the school days here at Coleman, but most importantly, I am here to work with you, as parents, to help your child navigate all aspects of their learning at Coleman.
My goal, as principal, is to deliver the highest quality education in the most positive and passionate environment, which has always been my philosophy since beginning my teaching career in the East Aurora School District. There, I worked for 21 years, teaching eighth grade, second grade, third grade, and fourth grade. I then moved into an assistant principal position in East Aurora for 6 years. In 2019, I moved to Sandridge School District 172, where I was building principal and had the honor of serving a diverse group of learners in grades pre-K through eighth grade.
But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of two handsome young men: Spencer (22) and Zack (20). I have been married to my husband Gary for 5 years and have an adorable fur baby named Murphy. I am the only child of my father, James (deceased), and my mother, Georgette Allen.
I graduated from Illinois State University with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and received my master's degree from Concordia University. I am currently a doctoral student at Concordia University.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. At Coleman, we are invested in providing rigorous instruction, fostering curiosity, and challenging our students to aspire to be contributing and engaged members of a global society. I look forward to getting to know you and your children!