One of the new faces at the Ashton-Franklin Center High School in Franklin Grove, IL this fall is the new principal Kimberly Torman.
Torman, a native of Pennsylvania finished her undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University and her masters at Aurora University.
Over the past few years she has taught in the Geneva School District at the high school level and then accepted a Dean of Students at the Geneva Middle School.
She and her husband moved to Paw Paw a few years ago so that he could take over the family business while she continued to commute to Geneva.
“I didn’t expect to stay in the small community,” said Torman. “But I love the small town pace of life.”
She shifted her career goals and began to look for something that made sense to her for the long term. With the recommendation from a former employer, about the communities that the AFC district serves, Torman was excited to come here.
Her short term goals include making sure that the curriculum at AFC is providing the students experience and preparing them for their next steps in life, whether it be college, trades or something else.
She also hopes to develop relationships with all the stakeholders in the AFC district, including the residents of the communities.
Torman has had the chance to meet most of the staff and is impressed with the multiple hats that all seem to wear. Noting that AFC is a place to learn and grow.
“So far I have had a great sense of community from all the people that I have met,” said Torman. “The face that everyone cares passionately is very clear. Everyone seems to be rooting for my success.”