Over the last seven years, principal Janeen Drake-Grimes has led the systematic implementation of an interdisciplinary team format at Wilson Middle School in Yakima. To help ensure the success of the format, Mrs. Drake-Grimes has instituted a variety of strategies, including integrated curriculum development, additional planning time for teachers, a new assessment plan, provisions for challenging highly capable students, and promotion conferences involving students and parents. Placing a strong emphasis on ongoing professional development, she has enlisted the aid of nationally-recognized experts to work with her staff on a variety of school reform issues. Mrs. Drake-Grimes is a frequent presenter at both state and national conferences and has chaired various conference committees.
1971 Central Washington University, B.A.