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Kristen Smith Grimes principal

Principal Kristen Smith

I am happily married to Douglas, my husband of 21 years. We have two adult sons and are raising our nine year old granddaughter.

I often tell people that I knew from the first day of first grade that I would grow up to be a teacher; all because of a passionate, dedicated teacher! I began teaching in a very small rural school, Adair Public Schools. I taught Kindergarten, Second grade, 7th/8th Reading, music, and computers. After completing my Master’s degree in teaching and a certification in school administration, I was able to secure a position as a reading coach.

I have been employed at several larger districts in that capacity: Vinita, Wagoner, and Hilldale. I also served as the Interim Principal at Hilldale during the 2017-2018 school year. For the past year, I have been the Assistant Principal at Cooper Elementary in Tulsa, Ok. This is a PreK-6th grade building and this opportunity has allowed me to grow in my professional practice as an instructional leader, mentor, and coach.

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Kristen Smith
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