Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Arts, Central Michigan University, 2001 Administrative Certification, State of Michigan
Mrs. Kerry Beal
Lights, Camera, Action! Welcome to Allen Elementary for the 2017-18 school year! I am Kerry Beal and it is my pleasure and honor to serve as the building principal for Allen.
This is my 26th year in education. After teaching for 16 years, I started the journey of school adminsitration. I love working with students and staff in the world of learning! My home is in Jackson, where my husband and I are raising our five children. Three of our children are in high school, one in middle school, and we have one in elementary for her fifth grade year.
If you have been to Allen, you know from the minute you walk in the door you are in an amazing school. The staff are a distinguished set of educators who balance high academic expectations and success with strong personal relationships and connections with students and families. We are our own community within these school walls, growing and learning together.
The flood event that took place on August 18, 2016 led us to an unknown school experience. After eight months of renting a different buidling last year, we are back at home and have grateful hearts for the support and work of our community, the Board of Education, Superindentent Dr. Swift, and Executive Director of Elementary Education Dawn Linden to hold our school together during a very challenging school year! Indeed, we are A2gether!
With a strong focus on the whole child, Allen Elementary continues to have strong programs in music, art, media, and physical education. We also have Arabic and Spanish World Language programs, partnerships with the University of Michigan and many local organizations, and we have a strong and supportive Parent Council.
Opportunities for student leadership are offered each year, and we thrive with our beautifully diverse community. Over 50 flags hang in our entrance hall, representing the many heritages of our families.
Situated on a beautiful campus adjacent to Buhr Park, Allen is a wonderful neighborhood school with high student achievement and a robust positive behavior system in place. We hope you find that Allen is the "just right" fit for you and your children.
Go Eagles! It is time to get this "SHOW" on the road and get back to school!
-Mrs. Kerry Beal