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Graves County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council names Alison Gregory as new GCHS principal


Graves County High School’s new principal is Alison Gregory, who has served as principal of Symsonia Elementary School since 2013. The high school’s site-based decision-making council voted her into the office Friday morning, June 14. She replaces Matthew Madding, who becomes the superintendent of the Graves County Schools July 1. 

“At the end of the day, she is an extremely student-centered educator, who will bring her own style of excitement about students and learning to our school, based on her vast experience,” said Graves High teacher Richard Horn. He serves as vice-chair and a teacher-member on the school’s SBDM council. 

Other teachers on the council include Jim Whitaker and Tara Fowler. Parents on the council are Tiffany Warren and Yvette Tyler, The superintendent appointee is chair Abbie Morris, who this past school year transferred from serving as an assistant principal at Graves High to the district’s central office as secondary instructional supervisor. Morris joined the group in the school’s library via teleconferencing technology. A number of fellow educators and school supporters also attended.

“We had several great applicants,” Horn explained. “It was a difficult choice between those candidates. I’m very excited that we chose Mrs. Gregory and I look forward to working with her.” 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked at every single level of education,” Gregory said. “That gives me a unique perspective about the whole face of students learning and growing from K-12. I’ve also worked under multiple principals and in different districts. So, I think that’s a great perspective to have. It has helped me develop myself as who I want to be as a leader.” 

Gregory noted, “As for coming back to the high school level, this is where I started. I love this age of students. What an opportunity to help kids find their calling and place. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.” 

She explained,“I want to continue to develop the rich traditions at Graves County High School. I have huge shoes to fill from Mr. Madding and the previous principals because we all know Graves County has a rich tradition in academics, athletics and other extracurricular programs. I just want to find where I fit in all that, where I can help support students, teachers, and the community here. My husband, Lance, and I have been here for ten years now and we’ve raised our kids here. I believe in this school system. I know we give these kids a world-class education. I’m just super-excited to be at the high school now.” 

The new Graves High principal added, “I’ve loved my time at Symsonia Elementary. I would not trade it for the world. It’s been such an awesome opportunity, but one thing I do look forward to here is having the great assistant principals and that team to make an impact here and they are super-strong. I know them personally and each brings great talents to the table. I cannot wait to develop our team culture and move forward.” 

Gregory said, “We’ve got to make sure everybody has a place. In high school, you use extracurricular organizations a lot that way, whether it’s a club, FFA, a sport, or whatever. We’ll develop that system here together. Together, we’re better. I know that’s a catch phrase, but I believe it to be true. I know that in today’s times, it’s not just about academics. We’ve got to make sure our kids are taken care of socially and emotionally. I definitely will be that visible principal and my team will be, too – to relate to kids every day.” 

She noted, “I want to thank all my previous places I’ve worked because I think they have molded me and, of course, I also thank my family. We all know being a principal is hard and they sacrifice a lot so I can do that work.”

Gregory earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Western Kentucky University, She began her career teaching at Hendersonville High School before working as a career and technical education teacher at John Hardin High School in Hardin County. 

She went on to work as an assistant principal at North Hardin and Graves County high schools, Murray and Graves County middle schools, and for the past six years at Symsonia Elementary School as principal, or as she calls it – “lead learner.” 

Kagan Professional Development delivers professional learning to teachers and educators worldwide on a range of topics. Gregory serves as a trainer in the area of cooperative learning and engagement structures. She travels across the country on her days off to empower teachers with more resources for teaching. 

“I’m super passionate about empowering those around me and educators throughout the state,” Gregory concluded. “I do a lot of keynote speaking with Go Digital Kentucky. I hold that as an extreme honor to be able to do that. I feel that that is part of my calling to motivate and empower through those opportunities as well.”

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Graves County High School’s new principal is Alison Gregory, who has served as principal of Symsonia Elementary School since 2013. The high school’s site-based decision-making council voted her into the office Friday morning, June 14. She replaces Matthew Madding, who becomes the superintendent of the Graves County Schools July 1. She poses here with her husband, Lance Gregory, who works as in-school detention coordinator and athletic director at Graves County Middle School, and their daughter, Kaylee Jo, who will be a GCHS freshman this year, and son Kaden, who will be in eighth grade at GCMS. 
(photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

normal'>Graves County High School’s new principal is Alison Gregory, who has served as principal of Symsonia Elementary School since 2013. The high school’s site-based decision-making council voted her into the office Friday morning, June 14. She replaces Matthew Madding, who becomes the superintendent of the Graves County Schools July 1. 

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normal'>“At the end of the day, she is an extremely student-centered educator, who will bring her own style of excitement about students and learning to our school, based on her vast experience,” said Graves High teacher Richard Horn. He serves as vice-chair and a teacher-member on the school’s SBDM council. 

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normal'>Other teachers on the council include Jim Whitaker and Tara Fowler. Parents on the council are Tiffany Warren and Yvette Tyler, The superintendent appointee is chair Abbie Morris, who this past school year transferred from serving as an assistant principal at Graves High to the district’s central office as secondary instructional supervisor. Morris joined the group in the school’s library via teleconferencing technology. A number of fellow educators and school supporters also attended.

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normal'>“We had several great applicants,” Horn explained. “It was a difficult choice between those candidates. I’m very excited that we chose Mrs. Gregory and I look forward to working with her.” 

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normal'>“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked at every single level of education,” Gregory said. “That gives me a unique perspective about the whole face of students learning and growing from K-12. I’ve also worked under multiple principals and in different districts. So, I think that’s a great perspective to have. It has helped me develop myself as who I want to be as a leader.” 

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normal'>Gregory noted, “As for coming back to the high school level, this is where I started. I love this age of students. What an opportunity to help kids find their calling and place. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.” 

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normal'>She explained,“I want to continue to develop the rich traditions at Graves County High School. I have huge shoes to fill from Mr. Madding and the previous principals because we all know Graves County has a rich tradition in academics, athletics and other extracurricular programs. I just want to find where I fit in all that, where I can help support students, teachers, and the community here. My husband, Lance, and I have been here for ten years now and we’ve raised our kids here. I believe in this school system. I know we give these kids a world-class education. I’m just super-excited to be at the high school now.” 

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normal'>The new Graves High principal added, “I’ve loved my time at Symsonia Elementary. I would not trade it for the world. It’s been such an awesome opportunity, but one thing I do look forward to here is having the great assistant principals and that team to make an impact here and they are super-strong. I know them personally and each brings great talents to the table. I cannot wait to develop our team culture and move forward.” 

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normal'>Gregory said, “We’ve got to make sure everybody has a place. In high school, you use extracurricular organizations a lot that way, whether it’s a club, FFA, a sport, or whatever. We’ll develop that system here together. Together, we’re better. I know that’s a catch phrase, but I believe it to be true. I know that in today’s times, it’s not just about academics. We’ve got to make sure our kids are taken care of socially and emotionally. I definitely will be that visible principal and my team will be, too – to relate to kids every day.” 

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normal'>She noted, “I want to thank all my previous places I’ve worked because I think they have molded me and, of course, I also thank my family. We all know being a principal is hard and they sacrifice a lot so I can do that work.”

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normal'>Gregory earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Western Kentucky University, She began her career teaching at Hendersonville High School before working as a career and technical education teacher at John Hardin High School in Hardin County. 

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normal'>She went on to work as an assistant principal at North Hardin and Graves County high schools, Murray and Graves County middle schools, and for the past six years at Symsonia Elementary School as principal, or as she calls it – “lead learner.” 

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normal'>Kagan Professional Development delivers professional learning to teachers and educators worldwide on a range of topics. Gregory serves as a trainer in the area of cooperative learning and engagement structures. She travels across the country on her days off to empower teachers with more resources for teaching.

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normal'>“I’m super passionate about empowering those around me and educators throughout the state,” Gregory concluded. “I do a lot of keynote speaking with Go Digital Kentucky. I hold that as an extreme honor to be able to do that. I feel that that is part of my calling to motivate and empower through those opportunities as well.”

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normal'>Graves County High School’s new principal is Alison Gregory, who has served as principal of Symsonia Elementary School since 2013. The high school’s site-based decision-making council voted her into the office Friday morning, June 14. She replaces Matthew Madding, who becomes the superintendent of the Graves County Schools July 1. She poses here with her husband, Lance Gregory, who works as in-school detention coordinator and athletic director at Graves County Middle School, and their daughter, Kaylee Jo, who will be a GCHS freshman this year, and son Kaden, who will be in eighth grade at GCMS. 

normal'>(photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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