Principal's Page

  • Hillside Elementary is a one of a kind school and experience!   At Hillside Elementary, we strive to maintain increasingly high standards for student learning and leadership.  Our school is committed to creating a school that knows no limits to the success of every student. We value the relationships we have with parents and families, so please help us get to know you better so that we can serve your family’s needs.  If you are new to the Hillside area, please give us a call at 248-489-3773 and schedule a tour so that we may share this wonderful school community with you.

                                                                                - Rob Kauffman & Debra Amos


    Mr. Rob Kauffman has served as the principal at Hillside Elementary School since 2016.  Prior to that, he was the principal for 13 years in Farmington Public Schools at Lanigan Elementary School and Warner Upper Elementary School.  Rob has been a principal for 26 years. He also spent four years teaching elementary school in third grade and Kindergarten. He received the MEMSPA's Michigan Principal of the Year in 2021-2022 and the Farmington MCMR’s 2017 Rainbow Celebrating Excellence in Diversity Award.  Rob served as president of MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Association) in 2012-13. He currently serves as a trustee of the MEMSPA Foundation. Rob and his wife, Julie, have four children ranging from 6th grade to a junior at Oakland University.  He enjoys time with his family, golfing, and Cubs baseball.

    M.A. Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Western Michigan University (1996)

    B.S. Bachelor of Science in Education – Central Michigan University (1992)


    Mrs. Amos has been a Hillside Husky since 1996.  Her experience at Hillside has been as a Kindergarten, First, Second and Fourth Grade teacher.  In 2001, she moved into the position of Assistant Principal, to serve as an instructional leader for Hillside's amazing students and staff.  Her commitment to Hillside and Farmington Public Schools, can be witnessed through her roles as an ICT facilitator, School Improvement Lead, PLC Lead, MTSS Lead, and the countless hours of participation on district committees and teams.  Mrs. Amos is currently an active member of MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal's Association).

    Mrs. Amos and her husband, Steve, have two boys currently in high school.  She enjoys watching her sons playing football, hockey and lacrosse, traveling, summers on the Jersey Shore, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.

    Certificate of Administration - Davenport University (August 2022)

    M.A.  Master of Arts in Reading - Wayne State University (2002)

    B.S.  Bachelor of Science in Education - Iowa State University (1994)