Meet the Principal


Kelly Mickel, Principal  

I grew up in New York and have now proudly been in the Ypsilanti community for nineteen years. I began my teaching career in 2004 at Kettering and Kaiser Elementary Schools as a Physical Education teacher and over the course of my tenure have taught at all levels, K-12. In 2009, I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Over the course of my 13-year career in education, I have served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and now a principal for the past four years.  I am heading into my third year as principal of Erickson Elementary. My expertise in project-based learning, technology integration, innovation, and leadership has enhanced the instructional initiatives and school culture at Erickson. I have high expectations and am dedicated to ensuring the highest quality education for all children. I believe positive relationships are the foundation for high-quality teaching and learning and fostering a positive school culture and climate.  

I have been married for 10 years to my loving husband Mike, who owns a painting company. We have a beautiful daughter Emma who is six years old and is excited to start first grade. When I am not fulfilling work commitments, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being outside, traveling, watching and playing sports, reading with my daughter and learning new things.