Greeting to our Smith Eagle Family!
My name is Michelle Graves and I am the Principal at Smith Elementary School. I am entering my 25th year at Smith Elementary and embrace all of the challenges that we encounter on our path towards “Eagle Excellence.” I have served as an administrator for 8 years and have been in education for 16 years. I truly enjoy working with parents, staff and our community stakeholders to create a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge for our students.
I believe in the VISD and the path that it offers our students. My family moved to Victoria when I was 11 years old. I was a proud Patti Welder Panther and a Stroman Raider. I obtained my Associates Degree from Victoria College and my Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston-Victoria. I then continued on and received my Masters in Administration and Supervision from University of Houston- Victoria. I am a proud product of VISD.
My husband (Joey) and I just celebrated our 33rd anniversary. We have 3 amazing adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I have to say that being a grandmother is one of the greatest blessing ever!!! I am “in love” with my grandchildren and being a “Me-Maw.” My family and I are big fans of the outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing and sports. My husband and I love traveling and aspire to complete the 500 mile walk to Santiago de Composteia in Spain in a few years. I am an avid reader and enjoy watching movies. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends.
Being a classroom teacher brought me great joy and I never thought that I would leave the classroom. Growing professionally as an Instructional Coach and as an administrator has doubled that joy because I get to work with both students and teachers. They inspire me every day. I still love coming to work each and every day. I am so grateful to our parents for sharing their children with us and allowing us to play a role in shaping their future.
2018-19 offers the promise of an Amazing School Year with passion-filled teachers and eager inquisitive minds. Let the journey begin!!!