Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Laura Rose Kirkpatrick
My name is Laura Kirkpatrick. I am now in my 25th year in education. I am a graduate of Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University. I am an Auburn Tiger at heart.
I began my career as a teacher's assistant in the Hoover City School System. I then came to the Jefferson County School System as an RLC teacher. I had the pleasure of teaching gifted and talented young people. I taught at four different schools in my first year of teaching because I would go to a different school each day to meet with my students. I taught gifted education for many years. I also taught fifth grade and I served as assistant principal at Chalkville Elementary for many years. I then went on to serve as principal of Center Point Elementary for eight years. This is my second year as principal of Gresham Elementary. In all, I have served at Corner High School (K-12), Bagley Junior High School, Mt. Olive Elementary, Minor Community, Center Point Elementary, Erwin Elementary, Clay Elementary, Chalkville Elementary, Brighton Middle School (summer program), and finally Gresham Elementary. I might also add that I served as principal of CPES during a period of rebuilding after a tornado struck our school. It was both an exhausting and fulfilling experience to help lead our school back home again. After many years of traveling a great distance for work, I was blessed to be offered the principal position at Gresham Elementary. I am proud to be here and proud to have served at so many amazing Jefferson County Schools.
I try to be the Leader of Learning at Gresham Elementary. Learning is my passion, both for young students and for adults. I believe in quality professional development and we strive to provide good learning experiences for our teachers so that they can be the best for our kids.
I love working at Gresham Elementary. We have great kids, great staff and great parents. We have many wonderful family events throughout the year that we enjoy doing together. We hope that you will find a home at Gresham Elementary!!