Graff thanks parents, community
Anchorage School District
5530 E Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504-3135
Biography for Mr. Graff
Ed Graff was appointed superintendent of the Anchorage School District on March 18, 2013.
Mr. Graff began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School. Nine years later, he became an elementary school principal in the district. In 2008, Mr. Graff was named executive director of Elementary Education. The following year, he became the Chief Academic Officer, a position formerly referred to as assistant superintendent for instruction. A graduate in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mr. Graff holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-masters coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction. Mr. Graff has served on several boards and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement, School Business Partnerships and Alaska Learning Network.
Originally from Minnesota, he has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. He is married to Michelle Prince, an ASD elementary school principal. They have one son.
I’m proud of our parents and community for the role they’ve played in supporting public education this year. There is a new energy with many voices joining together to advocate for our students. New partnerships have formed and existing partnerships are strengthened, all in support of what is most important – providing a high-quality education to students.
Strong community support for public education is a fitting backdrop for the many accomplishments of ASD students. We are proud of them as they complete the school year and prepare for summer vacation. They continue to have our enthusiastic support as they move forward, taking the first steps to their next grade level and stage of achievement.
Throughout this school year, our teachers have provided exciting, engaging and relevant learning experiences for our students. Of course, strong instruction in the classroom is only effective when students are present and ready to learn. For that reason, we placed an increased focus on attendance this year. With concerted efforts among families, educators and business partners, I’m pleased to report that full-day absences are down this year compared to last year.
I would like to offer special congratulations to the Class of 2014. They have prevailed over the final hurdle to complete their K-12 education and have every reason to be proud. I am fortunate to be able to attend graduation ceremonies and see the excitement on nearly 3,000 students’ faces as I shake their hand as they receive their diplomas. I wish them the best as they move on to the next stage of their lives – whether it be attending college, entering the workforce, enlisting in the military, or another opportunity that may come their way. They are excellent role models to all of our students, including this year’s kindergarteners – the Class of 2026.
I hope you enjoy the summer months and have many opportunities for quality time with your loved ones. Thank you for your support of the Anchorage School District.
Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board.
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