C Grier


Connie Grier
Philadelphia, PA

Degree & Major: M.Ed. Educational Leadership, B.S. Secondary Education Social Studies
Memberships: Golden Key National Honor Society National Association of Professional Women
Current Position: I am an Assistant Principal at Laura H. Carnell Elementary School, the largest K-8 in the state of Pennsylvania! I have been an educator in the School District of Philadelphia for over twenty years. During this time I have promoted respectful collaboration between the school and home settings. To that end, I have founded a non-profit, The RESPECT Alliance, where parental engagement and effective mentoring practices are the focus.
Rewards & Challenges: There have been too many rewarding moments to name! One of the most recent was finishing my book "The ABC's of Mentoring: A Bi Weekly Road map for Uplifting Youth" Many mentoring programs struggle to reach children with essential life lessons that our youth need to realize success. My book is a guide that makes the sharing and receiving of those lessons easier for both the mentor and the mentee.
Best Advice Received: "Be your true authentic self"
Necessary Skills: Good communication skills are necessary to be successful in the world of education. Having a true passion for working with children, for learning your craftand for making a difference are also essential.
My Passion: My professional passion has always been rising to the challenge that is present in my students' eyes. They dare you to love them, to educate them, to make learning fun and to respect them as individuals.
Education Preparation: My education at Arcadia helped me to develop my Administrator's lens through which I examine my school setting daily to ensure that my students receive the quality education that they deserve
Advice for Students: Pursue what makes your heart sing as opposed to what you feel will bring you financial wealth.

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