Gresham Elementary School
Laura Kirkpatrick, Principal
|Mrs. K and Aubie
About your principal...
My name is Laura Kirkpatrick. I am now in my 25th year in
education. I am a graduate of Auburn University, University of Alabama
at Birmingham, and Samford University. I am an Auburn Tiger at heart.
I began my career as a teacher's assistant in the Hoover City School
System. I then came to the Jefferson County School System as an RLC
teacher. I had the pleasure of teaching gifted and talented young
people. I taught at four different schools in my first year of teaching
because I would go to a different school each day to meet with my
students. I taught gifted education for many years. I also taught
fifth grade and I served as assistant principal at Chalkville Elementary
for many years. I then went on to serve as principal of Center Point
Elementary for eight years. This is my second year as principal of
Gresham Elementary. In all, I have served at Corner High School (K-12),
Bagley Junior High School, Mt. Olive Elementary, Minor Community,
Center Point Elementary, Erwin Elementary, Clay Elementary, Chalkville
Elementary, Brighton Middle School (summer program), and finally Gresham
Elementary. I might also add that I served as principal of CPES during
a period of rebuidling after a tornado struck our school. It was both
an exhausting and fulfilling experience to help lead our school
back home again. After many years of traveling a great distance for
work, I was blessed to be offered the principal position at Gresham
Elementary. I am proud to be here and proud to have served at so many
amazing Jefferson County Schools.
I try to be the Leader of Learning at Gresham Elementary. Learning
is my passion, both for young students and for adults. I believe in
quality professional development and we strive to provide good learning
experiences for our teachers so that they can be the best for our kids.
I love working at Gresham Elementary. We have great kids, great
staff and great parents. We have many wonderful family events
throughout the year that we enjoy doing together. We hope that you will
find a home at Gresham Elementary!!