Parents and community members interested in meeting the principals recently appointed to Gum Springs Elementary School and West Jackson Middle School for the coming year are invited to do so during “Meet-and-Greets” for Todd Graichen and Dr. Melissa Conway Thursday, April 26 — with both leaders at both schools.
They will be at GSES, 600 Gum Springs Church Road, from 5-6 p.m. and at WJMS, 400 Gum Springs Church Road, from 6-7 p.m.
“Mr. Graichen comes to us with a wealth of experience from non-profit, youth-based leadership, classroom teaching, and school administration,” said Dr. April Howard, superintendent of the Jackson County School System.
He began his career in 2001 as an elementary school teacher and has taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in Toms River, N.J.; Darlington, S.C.; and Columbus, Ohio. He also served as Teen Success Coordinator for the Salesian Boys & Girls Club in Columbus for three years.
From 2009-2012, he worked as an instruction coach for the Clarke County School District in Athens, and from 2012-2016 as an elementary and middle school assistant principal for CCSD. He was named assistant principal at Auburn Elementary School in Barrow County in July 2017.
Dr. Conway is returning to Jackson County after three years as assistant principal at Madison County High School in Danielsville. She worked at East Jackson Comprehensive High School from 2008-2015, serving as chair of the English department, response-to-intervention coordinator and assistant to the principal.
She was a 2011-12 Teacher of the Year nominee at EJCHS and was voted “most awesome teacher” in 2012-13 by the student body.
“We are glad Dr. Conway is returning and happy to welcome Mr. Graichen,” Dr. Howard said. “We hope the community will join us April 26.”
JCSS serves approximately 7,700 kindergarten through 12th-grade students in 10 schools across Jackson County.