LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Kathleen Grigsby

Position: Principal
School: Davis Magnet Elementary School
School District: Jackson Public Schools
City, State: Jackson, MS

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Kathleen Grigsby was nominated by her colleague, Tyrone Dixon.

In 1998, Dr. Grigsby graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi. A year later, she received her Masters at The University of Mississippi. Later, she received her Specialist and Doctorate Degrees from Mississippi College. She was the first graduate from Mississippi College’s doctoral program.

In August of 1998, Dr. Grigsby began her teaching career at Batesville Elementary School, then relocated to Vicksburg to teach at Warrenton Elementary School. She continued her teaching career in Jackson Public School District in 2001 and was twice named Woodville Heights’ Teacher of the Year. She also won a Junior League grant called Bagging Your Homework. Dr. Grigsby has served as teacher, literacy coach, literacy specialist, assistant principal, and principal. She currently serves as one of the commissioners on the Better Together Commission, appointed by joint efforts of the Mayor and Governor. She is one of the hardest working principals one could meet.

Both of Dr. Grigsby's parents are deaf, and she herself is hearing impaired. She has never allowed her impairment to affect her dedication to her job. In fact, if you didn't know it, you would never believe that she is impaired because of her attentiveness to details. She goes out of her way to make sure that all staff and students succeed in everything that they do. She consults with other districts and has moved schools toward higher performing statuses.

She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her, even when she herself is down. She also believes that if you work hard, you should play hard. Over the years, Dr. Grigsby has taught sign language to her students during enrichment classes. She not only believes students should participate in enrichment activities after school - she also teaches swim lessons in the summer. In fact, she began coaching Murrah High School’s Swim Team this fall, while simultaneously serving as principal at Davis Magnet Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School.

Over the past three years, Dr. Grigsby has led Davis Magnet IB to high rankings in the state. Her school was named the number one school in Mississippi this year. Davis Magnet IB recently made national headlines when Dr. Grigsby supported students to change the name of the school from Jefferson Davis Magnet Elementary to Barack Obama Magnet Elementary. The name change will take effect in the new school year.



Comments (86)


Ashley Hoskins Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Grigsby!!!

Tyrone Dixon Posted over a year ago

www.mde.k12.ms.us/communication/2018/03/22/mde-announces-2018-state-teacher-of-the-year-administrator-of-the-year-finalists Check out this website about Kathleen Grigsby, Principal Davis Magnet Elementary School. Congratulation

Christa Palmer Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is certainly deserving of this honor. My son has excelled due to her leadership and commitment to the kids at Barack Obama Elementary. As a parent, admire her tenacity and ability to empower our students to exceed their goals each year.

Shani Mitchell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an awesome leader! Her clear vision and persistence leads our school to greatness. It is an honor and privilege to work with Dr. Grigsby as she motivates, and inspires everyone around her to strive for greatness.

Jill Morgan Posted over a year ago

Both my kids were on the Murrah Swim Team coached by Dr. Grigsby. Dr. Grigsby jumped in with a very positive attitude and coaching style. She worked with high school students who had never been on swim team. Some students had never made it across the length of the pool. All members showed great progress at the end of the season and Dr. Grigsby recognized each accomplishment.

Tyrone Dixon Posted over a year ago

Congrats again Dr. Grigsby for being selected as the Administrator of the Year for Jackson Public School District. Just another reason to show that you deserve being nominated as a LIFECHANGER OF THE YEAR.

Debra Dixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is very deserving of this honor. She’s amazing with the scholars and staff of Barack Obama IB Magnet Elementary. She has definitely raised the bar. She ensures that the scholars have a sensible balance of education sprinkled with some fun. Dr. Grigsby lets the scholars know “if you work hard you can play hard”. Thanks for all you do!

Cynthia Wright Posted over a year ago

Kudos!

Dorothy Seaton Posted over a year ago

I wholeheartedly agree. Informative, motivational and inspirational.

Cratisha Norals Posted over a year ago

I'm a student in high school and have met Dr. Grigsby several times while visiting Davis. She always has a smile on her face and gives me a warm welcome and hug whenever I visit. My mom works at Davis and is always talking about her hard work, kindness, and dedication as the administrator. She deserves this award!

Shanita Greer Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby has taken Davis Magnet School to new heights. She is committed to the success of each and every student. Congratulations, Dr. Grigsby! You are truly being the change you hope to see in the world.

Alesha Collier Lewis Posted over a year ago

As the parent of a Barack Obama Magnet student, I could not be more impressed with the great job that Dr. Grigsby does. Not only does she ensure that students’ academic success is a priority, she makes learning fun. She also keeps parents abreast of important information through weekly emails, which is invaluable. She is approachable, hands-on, and she leads by example. Her gentleness and genuine care for children is also demonstrated through their interactions during summer swim classes. She is definitely a Lifechanger!

Marstonya Butler-Henson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisby is ABSOLUTELY the best. She, along with staff at Davis have transformed my daughter's life. Her outlook on education is her passion. She pulls greatness out of every person she is connected to. Everything Dr. Grisby does is INTENTIONAL. Her efforts always result in what's best for our children. She gives me motivation as a parent. Her strides in our community are impeccable and I can say that she is one of our most valuable assets. Thank you, Dr. Grisby for all you do. You are so deserving of this honor.

Sarah Thomas Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Grigsby! You truly exhibit the characteristics of a great leader with a humble spirit. One of an attributes of a great leader is that you have a servant’s heart and you serve to make a positive impact on society. You also are a motivator and encourage excellence. You don’t focus on the negative traits of those around you, but you always stay focused on the positive qualities in students, staff, parents and others to motivate us to excel with greatness. Thank you for always sacrificing your time to encourage and motivate others to be the best that they can be. You are definitely a valuable asset to our community.

Patricia Woods Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr Grigsby from the Woods family.

Koteshya Guidry Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is very dedicated to the students, staff and families at Davis Magnet. Her passion for the scholars is very evident and very appreciative. It is great to have her as the leader of Davis.

Janet Wallace Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an amazing leader who puts others before herself in every aspect! We are a stronger school because of her!

Shevonne L. McDuffy-Oatis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby has the perfect initials- K.G. because she is kind, knowledgeable, gracious, and great. As a colleague, I am thankful for the rich, instructional discussions. As a parent, I am appreciative and I trust her instructional decisions. She leads the school with the mindset that excellence is the standard for everyone.

Christine Davis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is full of passion for her Davis Magnet family. She comes to work early and leaves late, but you never see her with anything but a smile on her face. She touches lives everyday simply by walking in her calling. She doesn't just share her passion with Davis Magnet, but she works hard to improve help the entire JPS district grow. Dr. Grigsby is most definitely a life changer.

Rashad Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is leadership and Class personified. She continues to push for her school to be even greater than it it. It’s such a blessing to have Dr. Grigsby as our administrator. I do not know a perserdon more deserving of this honor.

Camilia Woods Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a wonderful principal. She makes sure the students are learning and have fun at the Same time. She is a wonderful and caring person.

Camilia Woods Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a wonderful principal. She makes sure the students are learning and have fun at the Same time. She is a wonderful and caring person.

Michelle Martin Posted over a year ago

While I haven’t had the pleasure of working with Dr. Grisby, I have had the pleasure of watching the fruits of her work. The students, faculty, and staff of Davis Magnet IB World School are tremendously blessed to have a leader who has a vision that surpasses even her own beliefs. She is truly deserving of this award!

Myea Evans Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an amazing principal, leader,great supporter of the students, staff, and parents, and most an all around outstanding woman! I don't think anyone deserves this award other than her. Congrats in advance, you got this!!!!

Myea Evans Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an amazing principal, leader,great supporter of the students, staff, and parents, and most an all around outstanding woman! I don't think anyone deserves this award other than her. Congrats in advance, you got this!!!!

Ifeoma McNeal Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an outstanding instructional leader, one who is very much deserving of this recognition!

Portia Hinton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a wonderful person and principal. She started at Davis when my son started in Kindergarten. She is always willing to help the students as well as the parents. She deserves it.

H. Windham Posted over a year ago

I have two kids at her school and I'm thrilled with the love and support that is shown throughout the entire faculty. When everything and everybody are involved that takes a great leader. Thank you very much for all that you do. You are truly a God's send

Michelle Luckett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an extraordinary educator. My niece and nephew attends Davis and there’s not a day that goes by on how they feel about the amazing things they are doing to conquer obstacles. My niece speaks Spanish fluently for a kindergarten. She has so much to give and God is not through with her amazing gift yet.

Michelle Luckett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an extraordinary educator. My niece and nephew attends Davis and there’s not a day that goes by on how they feel about the amazing things they are doing to conquer obstacles. My niece speaks Spanish fluently for a kindergarten. She has so much to give and God is not through with her amazing gift yet.

Lucinda Villes Posted over a year ago

She is a wonderful administrator that is very involved in the kids lives. She strives for success and pushes the kids to be successful. Thank you for all the hard work you put in towards the kids educations.

Michelle Luckett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an extraordinary educator. My niece and nephew attends Davis and there’s not a day that goes by on how they feel about the amazing things they are doing to conquer obstacles. My niece speaks Spanish fluently for a kindergarten. She has so much to give and God is not through with her amazing gift yet.

April Lewis Posted over a year ago

I nominate Dr. Grisby

Ruthie Jackson Posted over a year ago

I don’t know anyone more deserving of the reward than Dr. Grigsby. I am a retired teacher who worked as a longterm sub under her excellent leadership. She is a wonderful, knowledgeable, caring person.

LaPrecious Edmonds Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is deserving of this award. She has not only been a principal to my daughter, but a role model to me! I don’t consider what she does as a job but rather a passion and a calling! Thanks for all you do Dr. Grisby!

Michelle Luckett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an extraordinary educator. My niece and nephew attends Davis and there’s not a day that goes by on how they feel about the amazing things they are doing to conquer obstacles. My niece speaks Spanish fluently for a kindergarten. She has so much to give and God is not through with her amazing gift yet.

LaToysha Smith Posted over a year ago

She's dedicated and genuine. There is no other person more deserving.

Derrick Hicks Posted over a year ago

This woman is phenomenal. Even as a administrator the kids still have a very close relationship with her. My daughter speaks highly of her often. Upon arriving to the school Dr. Grigsby took her solid foundation push and push her into a walking breathing negotiation machine.

Nancy B.Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisby is an outstanding principal. She has been very supportive of her staff, students, and parents. I am amazed at the innovation and dedication she displays yearly to Davis Magnet School. She truly deserves this award.

Tara F Hunter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby has been very supportive, and a champion of, having my organization as a part of her school's after school offerings. She is a life changer by making certain her students have different opportunities available to them.

Ramona Singleton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an awesome leader. She is very supportive to her staff, students and community members. She is very diplomatic in her decision making. Dr. Grigsby is sincere in her educational journey. She believes in her students and they believe in her. I am glad she's been nominated for this award.

Helen Diann Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

Monya Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Grigsby!!! You are the best choice indeed & we are so thankful for your leadership!

LaTosha Bew Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisly was my AP at Van Winkle Elementary. She was so awesome, diligent, and most of all dedicated to the scholars and staff. I'm remember when I was studying to pass the Praxis, she helped me with studying, and encouraged me when I wanted to give up. There's so much more that I could add. She ALWAYS greets you with a smile! An amazing administrator and beautiful person overall! Congratulations!!!

Bettin McLin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisby, you are truly deserving of this nomination. As my dad would say, "You run a smooth operation". You are an awesome leader, who inspires and motivates the whole Davis Magnet family. You are always there to support the scholars , not only academically, but you take time out of your busy schedule to attend games, races, competitions or anything they may be participating in and that means a lot. My children and I have been blessed to have you as their principal.

Jameitha Ross Posted over a year ago

This accomplished is well deserved! Your commitment to excellence is inspiring.

Kate Lawrence Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a wonderful leader and most deserving of this honor!

Christie L Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisby is an amazing and very passionate principal whose great with kids. I am one of your students mom and I agree with your decision to change the school.

Coretta nettles Posted over a year ago

Congratulation Dr.Grisby you have really made a difference at Davis Magnet you are truely a blessing to the students and parents at Davis

Jasmine Singleton Posted over a year ago

Congratualtions Dr. Grigsby! You are an amazing administrator! I am so blessed to have you in our lives... Thanks for all that you do!

Dominique McInnis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is phenomenal! She treats every scholar at Davis as an individual with a bright future. She goes over and beyond to ensure that students are successful. She works with the teachers and staff as one— demonstrating leadership and team-building. Even with a rigorous curriculum, Dr. Grigsby ensures that students have time to enjoy rewards for their behavior and academics, as Davis hosts many student engaged activities. She is poised, devoted, friendly, respectful, and kind. She truly deserves this recognition.

Tamara Graves Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this extrodinary title. You are without a doubt one of the most caring, smart and all around principal. Your dedication to each and every student as well as your staff is exceptional. So proud of you and proud to have my child attend in this program under your leadership.

Crystal Jones-Hughes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is truly awesome. She goes over and beyond the call of duty to make sure her students, parents, faculty, and staff are all taken care of. The school is not ran solely by her but it's a community effort to make sure Davis (Barack Obama) Magnet is thriving in the right direction. She is kind, energetic, and caring. She is by far the best principal ever!!!

Ora Dixon Posted over a year ago

Congratualtions Dr. Grigsby! You are an awesome and amazing administrator! I have enjoyed being her Office Manager for the past 4 years. She work so well and do so much for the children and the staff. Thanks for all that you do!

Rosalind Walls Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is passionate about student being educated. She is an outstanding woman who loves her students, team, parents and the community. She is well deserving of this honor.

Tameka Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratualtions Dr. Grigsby! You are an awesome and amazing administrator! Thanks for all that you do!

Olivia Hellings Posted over a year ago

Not my principal, but I have heard wonderful things about her leadership skills! I would love it if she won!

Jennifer Tanner Posted over a year ago

It is such an honor to work with an amazing Lead Teacher. Dr. Grigsby is always willing and ready to assist. This honor is well deserved!

Linda Howell Posted over a year ago

Congratulations DrGrigsby!!! You are so deserving of this award! Thank you for all that you do for the entire Davis Magnet community! We are truly blessed to have you!!!

Sonya Frisby Posted over a year ago

It is so obvious that Dr. Grisby accepted her calling in life. She loves what she does and she does it with pride and most of all a sincere smile. I appreciate her knowledge and patience, and I am so thankful to be a parent on her team.

LaShane Smith Posted over a year ago

Well deserved recognition. Congratulations Dr. Grigsby.

Rep. Kathy Sykes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a shining star in our educational community. Her committment to the children extends beyond the school house door. She embodies excellence in everything that she does and has overcome adversity like the GOAT! She teaches and coaches student swimming in her down time. She is simply phenomenal and worthy of all honor and praise.

Michael Cooley Posted over a year ago

This is a very well deserved nomination..Dr.Grisby has always stride to Excell and Educate herself so that she could be the best Teacher, coach, mentor, principal and most of all a great and geniune person. I really appreciate what you done for my daughter during her elementary years..and so many other children who has been impacted by you. I truly enjoyed being The PTA President at Marshall Elementary and working with you on a daily basis to help make the children lives better. You taught me a lot. You are a Real Life Changer.. Although you are nominated this year.You have always be changing lives.

Ashley Poole Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is truly a principal that “gets it.” She supports her staff and students one hundred percent. Her attentiveness to detail and work ethic is unmatched! She is very deserving of this award!

Kenneth Grigsby Posted over a year ago

After watching your pursuit for excellence and dedication to those you serve for the past 20 years, I am still amazed by your unwavering persistence. You are indeed a “Life Changer” as so many can attest to. This recognition simply confirms what many have long recognized - education is not simply your profession but instead your calling.

Antonius Evans Posted over a year ago

I consider Dr. Grisby more than just a principal and educator. Dr. Grisby is what I consider a true friend. Dr. Grisby has gone beyond the call of duty for her teachers and staff. When my daughter had to have an emergency surgery (late in the evening) Dr. Grisby was there by her side. This meant so much to me and my wife. We live in San Diego, California and could not be there but Dr. Grisby took the time to be with her, and to put her at ease.

Kristena Gaylor Posted over a year ago

This is a well deserved award and honor to an awesome and outstanding principal. As a parent and friend, I wholeheartedly support this nomination of Dr. Grigsby for the Life Changer award! ??????

Kerri Harris Posted over a year ago

It is a great honor and privilege to have such a wonderful, compassionate, and supportive principal as Dr. Grigsby. She is truly a blessing to all the scholars, teachers, and staff. I thank God for her everyday! I pray God’s continuous favor and blessing over her life. “Gone with your bad self, Dr. Grigsby!”

Shaunta Bailey Posted over a year ago

An outstanding award given to an outstanding person! So inspiring!

Brenda Carpenter Posted over a year ago

Dr Grigsby is a wonderful person! She’s compassionate and dedicated to the tasks set before her! She gives 100% to her students and faculty, she expects the same from them.

Josephine Caston Posted over a year ago

Dr Grigsby is one of a kind. She has a heart made of gold. I thank God for her every day. Dr. Grigsby I don't know if you been told or not but you are a God sent. I thank God for sending you to us.I pray that you will always be a part of our family. You are greatly appreciated.

Tiffany Lovelady Posted over a year ago

I can’t think of another person more deserving of this award. She puts her heart in everything she does!!!

Deaja Knight Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a great principal who supports her staff and scholars daily! I am so thankful for her for granting me the opportunity of having my first job in my career field as an educator. Thanks for going above and beyond your call of duty Dr. Grigsby! You are truly an inspiration to many!

Ashley Robinson Posted over a year ago

You are a wonderful spirit and a true inspiration to all you come across! Your students are so lucky to have you as a principal!

Gwen Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is truly a dedicated professional. She spends many hours at Davis ensuring that the needs of the students & staff are met. She loves what she does,she's always hands on, approachable and ready to asisist.

Patrice Marbra/Christian Tolliver Posted over a year ago

Very glad to have had you for the last 2 years of my son elementary years. Very great leader a blessing to the JPS family

Kayla Evans Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a wonderful administrator! I have enjoyed having her as my principal for the last 4 years. She truly cares for scholars and staff. She keeps morale up by reminding us to “work hard, play hard”.

Gwendolyn Bell Posted over a year ago

Congratulations

Chasity Cornelius Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you do! A true "Shero"

Tikela Norals Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of. We are a family at Davis Magnet and work together to gain success by striving together to do the very best! As Dr. Grigsby always say, "We work hard and play hard as a team"! Thanks Dr. Grigsby for all that you do for the staff and scholars at Davis.

Renada Anderson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is a very genuine leader. Seven years ago she she gave me the opportunity to serve in another school with JPS. She has a huge heart for children and is a very compassionate educator. She’s a life changer because she’s inspired me to change my life also.

Diane Setzer Posted over a year ago

I worked for Dr. Grigsby for 4 years! She is an awesome principal. She is always very supportive and encouraging! She deserves this award!!

Abena Suma Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grisgby’s open door policy for parents makes it easy to communicate and resolve any problems or concerns for my scholar. Great leadership makes good teachers ‘great’. What a great leader she is. Leading by example! I’m so proud of ‘Davis Magnet IB Elementary School’..... and Kathleen Grigsby is why!

Anitra Sanders Posted over a year ago

You're a wonderful inspiration to the Davis family. Great job Dr. Grigsby!

Kelly Loveless Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Grigsby for four years at Davis Magnet. She treats her staff members as a team and values and respects our input and ideas. I really appreciate the way she supports the counseling program at our school and allows me time to work with students individually and in small groups. I also value her good communication skills to teachers and staff members as well as parents.

Nicole Chen Posted over a year ago

Dr. Grigsby is an amazing administrator who cares for her staff and scholars!