Dear GES Families

My name is Liz Harty and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Grafton Elementary School. I hope that this note finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer and that you and your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together on August 29th. I am thrilled to be part of such a tight-knit, supportive community.

I arrive in Grafton as a seasoned elementary teacher and school leader. I have taught in both Lawrence, Massachusetts as well as Springfield, Vermont. I consider a large part of my job to be that of a child advocate, ensuring that your children receive a quality education. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles, and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child, and I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at GES. And of course I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.

While this will be my seventeenth year in education, my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of two beautiful children: Quinn (8), and Marlow (6). People often say I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at Grafton Elementary School.

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I will be working most days this summer to ensure a smooth transition and opening in late August. Please stop by to say hello. We will also be having a Visitation Day at GES on August 28th from 2:00-3:00 pm.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Warm Regards,

Liz Harty
GES Principal