Assistant Principal's Message

Assistant Principal's Message

I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents, and staff of Gurney Elementary School. We are blessed to have a school rich in excellence where children are our primary focus. As the assistant principal, my goals are to build positive relationships with all students and parents, to promote positive behavior, and to work together to ensure that our students experience success each and every day.

Sarah Read, Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal Bio:

Sarah Read was named the assistant principal of Gurney Elementary School in 2020 and also serves as the district testing coordinator. Previously Sarah was the principal of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. During her five year tenure there, the Intermediate School was recognized for increased overall student performance, for meeting growth targets in reading, math, and science, and for decreasing the gap between general education students and students with disabilities, as evidenced by the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 State Report Cards. The school achieved Ohio's State Board of Education Overall A Award both years. Sarah also was directly involved in the design, construction, and opening of the new Intermediate School building in 2019. This school serves as a model of how spaces can be thoughtfully designed to best educate students, providing them with enriching, experiential, and creative learning opportunities in order to meet their individual intellectual, social and emotional needs.

Sarah was a classroom teacher at Chagrin Falls Schools for 17 years. Throughout her career, Sarah has been passionate about instruction and the development of young people. She has remained committed to their growth, maximizing individual student performance, inspiring interest, and instilling a sense of self-worth and engagement.

Sarah has been recognized as a Jennings Scholar and was named the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Today's Teacher in 2010. She was nominated twice for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation's George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for excellence in Math Education.

Sarah received her B.A. in elementary and special education from Hiram College and her M.A. in educational administration from Ashland University. She also studied for her Endorsement in Gifted intervention. She resides in Chagrin Falls with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, AJ and Will, who attend Chagrin Falls Schools. Sarah is an avid reader and loves to travel.

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