Meet Ms. Grady
Phone: 910.326.3601 x54012
Degrees and Certifications:
Masters if Education in Counseling Masters in School Administration and Curriculum & Instruction Bachelors of Arts in Psychology Certification in School Counseling, School Administration and Curriculum & Instruction
Greetings SBMS Pirate Families,
It's exciting to be beginning my 26th year with Onslow County Schools and specifically with Swansboro Middle. I truly treasure living, working and serving in the Swansboro/Hubert community. I'm looking forward to getting to know our students. Please allow me to share some information about myself.
I attended North Carolina State University (NCSU) receiving an M.Ed. in School Counseling after having earned a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Wilmington. I came to Swansboro Middle in 1994 after having worked in the Division of Student Affairs at NCSU for three years. I served as a School Counselor for ten years at SBMS and then was able to continue my work at here for three more years as an Assistant Principal. I received my MSA in School Administration from East Carolina University. For the last eleven years, I have served as an Assistant Principal at Sand Ridge Elementary and Jacksonville Commons Elementary after which I was able to work with all of the Onslow County Schools through the Department of Instructional Services and the Department of Students Services at the Central Office. Joyfully, I made the transition back to School Counseling knowing that this was the central role in my professional life I was called to do.
On a personal note, I am the daughter of a Ret. GySgt. in the USMC who was known as "Moose" to his battalion. GySgt. Riley Lawhorn (deceased 2004) served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, was an Embassy Guard in locations such as Iman (Jordan), Kabul (Afghanistan) Nicosia (Cyprus) and Rome (Italy) and of course, went on many Mediterranean cruises. He was even provided the opportunity to "play ball" on a military travelling baseball team, back in the day, and served as a Presidential Guard to President Johnson! My mother, Marian, worked well over 30 years in Civil Service for the Federal Government which provided her opportunities to travel many different places overseas, experiences she treasures to this day. She began her career in Washington, D.C. and studied to be an Opera Singer. A talent she can still do to this day at the wonderful age of 88. I have a passion for the military family as you can probably tell by my upbringing.
I have one brother, Riley, who also graduated from NCSU as a Graphic Designer. He is witty, heavy into history and politics and loves to read. He has made a career for himself in Atlanta, GA and loves serving others in his community too. I can guarantee you have seen some of his "art" if you have ever been to a BP Gas Station, eaten at a Chic-fil-A, or attended ballgame at the Atlanta Braves Stadium. Kendall Grady, my daughter, attended Swansboro area schools before receiving her high school degree and B.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She completed her Masters of Performing Arts at Florida International University and was provided a Fellowship to attend for Doctoral Studies at the University of Miami. She is an accomplished classical and jazz violinist who loves to travel! Other important members of my family include the many fur babies we have loved over the years. I love all creatures, great and small (well, not snakes and spiders), and currently have two cats: Tishmi Tushmi from Persia and Mademoiselle Pinkle Purr from France. I also am fostering two cats, Smidgekins O'Grady from Ireland and Mademoiselle Satinique from France. One day I'll have to tell you all about all of my fur babies. Just based on their names, you can assume that they have "travelled too"! I'm pretty proud of my family. They are good people!!!
I have a huge personal goal this year: To obtain my passport in order to one day travel to Italy. Right now, I'm the only person in my family never to have been outside of the United States. I do love our country! I love to read, listen to music, cook, garden when it's not too hot and when inspired. I can be a bit into sewing, cross-stitching and crafts. I do make some mean cheesecakes!
I can't wait to meet the SBMS students and their families! It's a true joy to be back in the 'Boro and serving you.