Radford City Schools

Principal's Note

Principal's Note

Tara Grant

I have always enjoyed going to school, learning, and reading. When I was in elementary school at Belle Heth Elementary in Radford, I had wonderful teachers and friends. I couldn’t wait to visit the library and discover new books to read. I also grew up in a family of teachers, so it is not a coincidence that I am still going to school every day!

I committed to graduate from Radford High School in 1990. I had a very competitive group of peers, so I had to do several hours of homework when I got home from track practice. I ran cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track for four years. Because of the lack of free time, I had to use my time-wisely and put first things first (Habit 3). I knew I wanted to graduate from college so I had an academic plan (Habit 2) in order to do that.

I then committed to graduate from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1994. I met new friends from all over the United States. I learned how to survive on my own and be responsible (Habit 1). I graduated with a degree in Human Communication, Public Relations.

After working for a couple of years, I changed my mind and wanted to be a teacher! I went back to school AGAIN! I committed to graduate from Radford University and get my teaching certification and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. This time when I was in school, it was really tough because I was working too! I had to prioritize work and play so I could be successful and graduate.

I taught third and fifth grade at Christiansburg Elementary School in Montgomery County for several years. I enjoyed using technology in my daily routine. I then realized that I could be an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. So, I did that for several years. I helped principals, teachers, and students learn how to integrate technology into their daily learning. I enjoyed working with principals so much, I decided I wanted to be one and help students and teachers.

I committed to graduate from Radford University AGAIN to be a school administrator. Yes, it was very hard to teach all day, go to class two nights a week, and be a wife and a mom. I was successful because I had support from my family. It is important to have people that believe in you and want you to reach your dreams.

I served as principal of Belview Elementary for three years before coming home to Radford where I begin my journey as principal of Belle Heth Elementary. I am SO excited to work in the community where I live with my family. Working in Radford is a dream come true! I know the students, staff, and families are wonderful people that want the best for their children.

I look forward to meeting you and working together to give our student opportunities to grow and succeed!

Tara Grant