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Article: Garfield Dean Named New Turnaround Principal Of Admiral King Elementary School

Garfield Dean Named New Turnaround Principal Of Admiral King Elementary School

Lorain City Schools is pleased to announce that veteran educator and leader Amy Graves has been selected to lead Admiral King Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Graves brings years of administrative experience as both a dean of scholar and family engagement at Garfield Elementary, and assistant principal at Larkmoor Elementary, as she begins her new role as turnaround principal.  She has also been an academic instructional coach at Garfield, Larkmoor, Washington, Toni Morrison, and Admiral King Elementary schools. She brings with her a proven track record of success, maximizing the effectiveness of educational programs and building cultures that encourage continuous improvement for teachers and students.

Graves replaces former Admiral King Elementary Principal Lori Witt who resigned in July to be closer to family. Witt recently accepted a principal’s position with Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools.

Graves began her career in the classroom, with the Plain Local School District, as a kindergarten teacher before coming to Lorain City Schools in 1998 and has taught nearly all grade levels K-6. 

“Amy inspires staff, students and those around her to want to do and be better,” Garfield Elementary School Turnaround Principal Megan Young said of her former dean.  “She is very much ready to step into the role as turnaround principal within Lorain City Schools.  Admiral King is fortunate to be getting such a dedicated, hard-working and passionate leader,” Young added. 

Graves is eager to hit the ground running with the administrative team that is already in place at Admiral King Elementary, emphasizing how happy she is that her leadership journey has led her to the school.

A place that feels much like home, she said.

“From the hallways, to the classrooms, to the playground it feels like a perfect fit,” Graves said of her new building. “I am so proud that my career has kept me in Lorain for over 21 years and that my first position as building principal is here in Lorain.  Our motto for this year is Together Everyone Achieves More (T.E.A.M.) at Admiral King and we are going to make sure that every minute that our scholars are in our building matters.” 

Chief Schools Officer Dr. LaKimbre Brown noted Graves’ enthusiasm, confidence and knowledge of the district, and community, as driving factors that will lead to undoubted success for her scholars.

“Amy Graves’ vast experience with Lorain City Schools more than equips her to step into the position of principal,” Brown said of the veteran leader. “We value her years of commitment to the district and know she will continue to push Admiral King forward on its path of continued success."

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