Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has named Wilkerson Elementary Principal Rina Gratz as its new director of early childhood programs.
Gratz, a 26-year veteran of education programs, is in her fifth year as principal of Wilkerson. Prior to that she served one year as the district’s priority schools manager, and previously held numerous positions at the state level coordinating Title III programs for English language learners and serving as a program consultant for primary education, K-3 literacy, equity and school improvement.
“It’s very gratifying to me that I have come back to my roots,” Gratz said. “My passion for education really began with my love for early childhood education. I’m excited to be coming full circle, and I look forward to working with the team to ensure our youngest students develop fully and are ready for kindergarten.”
“Rina’s experience in early childhood education will be an invaluable asset as we continue our efforts to ensure every child enters school with the skills they need to be successful,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.
Gratz will stay on at the school until her replacement is named.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree from Fordham University and conducted her instructional leadership preparation at Eastern Kentucky University.