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Turnpike Elementary's New Assistant Principal: Kelly De Leon

January 5, 2022

This week we welcomed Kelly De Leon to the Lansingburgh family as the new Assistant Principal of Turnpike Elementary! 

We cannot wait for more Turnpike families to meet Ms. De Leon, we quickly checked in with her so they could learn more about her in the meantime. 

Kelly De Leon

Tell us a little about your background.

Throughout the last 15 years, I have learned a lot about what constitutes as quality education. I spent my first 12 years at the elementary level, both teaching and leading. Most recently I worked for three years at the middle/high school level as the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction in a private school supporting students who have experienced significant trauma, mental illness, substance and sexual abuse.

I learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work in education from a variety of administrators, mentors, students and staff. I look forward to sharing my strengths and all I’ve learned while returning to the elementary level and working alongside a new community of leaders and learners.

What drew you to Lansingburgh and the Turnpike AP position?

When I heard Turnpike was hiring, I did my research. I browsed the district website, reading handbooks and staff bios. I read Facebook posts and previewed the district calendar. The more I learned about the district and Turnpike specifically, the more I realized that this position was for me. The positive culture, emphasis on community relationships and overall focus on student achievement is something I wanted to be a part of.

What are some early goals during your first few weeks/months at Turnpike?

Throughout the first few weeks/months at Turnpike, I plan to be present, listen and learn. It is important to me to learn more about the school and district values and beliefs. Equally important is getting to know my students and staff as building relationships is crucial to success in any role.  

What’s something you want Turnpike families and faculty/staff to know about you right off the bat?

I would like Turnpike families, faculty and staff to know I am always willing to listen and learn. If I’m not immediately available, know that I will respond to voicemails or emails within 24 hours.

Finally, tell us a little bit about life outside of work?

My husband, Ramon, and I enjoy spending time playing with our two children, Alandra (10) and Ramon III (7). Recently we've been playing a lot of board games; our favorites being Clue and Yahtzee.

On my own I love listening to Audible books, alternating between psychological thrillers, educational texts and romance novels. In the spring and summer, I am often outdoors tending to my flower and vegetable gardens.