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Kimberly Grayson-Principal

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”

~Erma Bombeck

The quote above exemplifies my personal philosophy of teaching. I firmly believe that each day I walk into my office, it is my utmost priority to use every bit of talent, skill, knowledge, and resource available to instill self-confidence in my students and adults, remain relentless in helping them succeed, and to endorse and promote the value of professional collaboration and effective leadership.

As a child, I can vividly recall my parents emphasizing the importance of thriving in school. When I would finish my homework assignments, my father would encourage me to preview the next chapter of my textbooks. My mother always kept practice workbooks, one grade level above my level, at home for me to work on after I’d finish my homework assignments and on lazy weekends. My parents had high expectations for me, and they were willing to do anything they could to help me rise to their expectations. They praised my accomplishments and pushed me further along. Through all of this, I achieved self-confidence and the awareness that I could do anything I tried hard enough to do.

My name is Kimberly Grayson and I am honored and privileged to be the principal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College. I graduated from high school as a junior in May 1993 and immediately began taking college courses that summer. I graduated from Newman University in Feb of 1997 with my bachelor’s degree.  I began my teaching career in August 1997 as a 4th grade teacher at Ingalls Edison School. As a classroom teacher, I taught 4th and 5th grade at the elementary level and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at the middle school level. I have also served as a curriculum coordinator for Edison Schools Inc. From 2003- 2005, I took a position as an Educational Consultant for Edison Alliance and relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. During this time I supervised two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in the area of student achievement, learning environment, and language arts. At the conclusion of the 2004-2005 school year, I moved back home to Wichita, Kansas to serve as a Dean of Instruction for a middle school for one year. Following that year, I began my principalship. I have served as an Assistant Principal for one year and this school year marks my 7th year as a Building Principal.

I am a proud mother of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College high school student and a daughter who attends Omar D. Blair.

It is vital for students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College to know they can succeed. Our students and I am confident that together we can create a positive learning environment for all of our students.