Dr. Rukina Walker, Principal
Dear Trip Elementary School Students, Parents and Community Members:
It is an honor and privilege to serve as principal of Trip Elementary School. My commitment is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. I have three core beliefs about elementary education:
1. Student Development and Achievement is our primary purpose and we must be accountable for all students’ learning and growth at high levels.
2. Parent Engagement supports and maintains the educational process while setting a personal and character development standard for students.
3. The Teaching and Learning Environment is the pathway to establish positive school experiences and to motivate students to dream big and work hard.
These beliefs guide my educational decisions and help me set a foundation on which to develop school improvement goals. Combined with good communication, I have found these beliefs to be of value in supporting a child-centered learning environment. I welcome all ideas, suggestions, and opportunities to enhance the educational environment and culture in our school.
As an educator for 21 years, I began my career as a high school science teacher in DeKalb County, where I taught for 10 years. After moving to Gwinnett County, I became an assistant principal at J.E. Richards Middle School and continued my educational experience as an assistant principal at Trickum Middle School and Craig Elementary School in Gwinnett County. I hold a Doctorate Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, and a Bachelors Degree in Biology. I served in the 2012 Quality Plus Leadership Academy. Becoming the principal of Trip Elementary is still the biggest honor in my professional life. In my personal life, my biggest honor is being a mom of two wonderful boys, Dallas and Dylan, which has afforded me the greatest opportunities for learning and growth than anything else I have ever done in my life. “To whom much is given, much is required.”
For those of us that serve as educators, it is that very special time of year. Soon the school doors will swing wide open as our true purpose enters the hallways…our children. We know that a school building is merely a building, but a school culture is established by the people who have a vested interest in what occurs in the building on a daily basis. It is our desire to implement teaching strategies that will stretch the minds of our students and challenge them to think critically.
Each family will be greeted with great respect and appreciation for your role as a critical part of who we are. It is our hope that you will take every opportunity to visit with us often and accept our personal invitation to partner with us as we strive to educate our children with professional excellence.
A dynamic staff has been assembled to lead the way toward academic and social success at Trip Elementary. Each year has and will continue to provide the opportunity to forge new relationships while working to strengthen the ones that have been a part of this school. We certainly plan to be inspired by our past, proud of our present and focused on our future as we embrace the new school year.
Every student, parent and community member will receive the deepest level of appreciation and support from the Trip staff as we step forward as partners in education. One of the hallmarks of distinction for this school has been the collegial collaboration. Each staff member will continue to strive to enable quality relationships to thrive. Let me personally request your support for the initiatives of our PTA and the school as a whole. The result will be unparalled success for the children that we share.
If at any time throughout the year if you have questions, concerns or ideas to share, please allow us the opportunity to listen, reflect and respond appropriately to your needs. Remember, we are here to serve our community in a professional way.
Looking forward to serving you and your children.
Dr. Rukina Walker
Principal, Trip Elementary
Jason Bishop, Assistant Principal
I am elated to be joining the Trip Elementary family as an Assistant Principal. Trip Elementary School has an outstanding reputation throughout Gwinnett County Public Schools. I will work tirelessly with all of you to help continue Trip’s tradition of excellence. Grayson is a wonderful community, and I am proud to become a part of it. Go Rams!
For the past 15 years I have worked at Alcova Elementary School in the Dacula Cluster. During that time, I served as a fifth grade classroom teacher, gifted math teacher, STEM specialist and as a local school technology coordinator. Additionally, and most importantly, I consider my most important job was that of a student advocate. Our students deserve the best from each one of us. I am passionate about meeting each students’ learning ability and interest level through an educationally challenging environment.
I firmly believe in building lasting relationships with students, staff and parents in order to help our students reach their highest potential. With a common goal of ensuring student success, if we work together, we will succeed. I look forward to getting to know each one of you and discovering what we have in common and what brings joy to your lives.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in early childhood development and education from Western Michigan University. I also earned a Master’s Degree from Lesley University and most recently a Leadership degree from West Georgia University. Personally, I have a wonderful wife named Jennifer who is an outstanding second grade teacher. We both moved to Georgia in 2005 from Michigan where we are originally from. We have two children, a thirteen-year-old son named Daine and a ten-year-old daughter named Lauren.
I am excited to see the wonderful things we will accomplish together this year. If you would like to meet with me face to face or in a social distancing format, please do not hesitate to email or call. Let’s make this upcoming school year the best year yet!
Assistant Principal, Trip Elementary
Kim Lee, Assistant Principal
I am honored to serve as an Assistant Principal at Trip Elementary School. The faculty, staff, students, and parents are simply wonderful. I am always excited to serve the Grayson community, and I look forward to each school year.
I have been an educator for 28 years and in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 27 years. I started my career at Suwanee Elementary School. I have also served at Rockbridge Elementary School, J.C. Magill Elementary School, and I have taught Kindergarten, second grade, third grade, and fifth grade. I started my administrative career at Centerville Elementary School and opened Baldwin Elementary School before transferring to Trip Elementary School.
I earned a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (University of West Georgia), a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy (Walden University), and a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education (Governors State University). Working takes up an enormous part of my life, but in my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and going to concerts.
Each year I am impressed with the accomplishments demonstrated by our Trip Elementary School family, and I commend you on these achievements. It is clear to me that you all take the mission statement of our school and district very seriously because it drives both the focus of collective work and the manner in which that work is done each day. It is a joy being an instrumental part of the continuous greatness that is Trip Elementary School, and I am looking forward to beginning a new year!
Kimberly A. Lee
Assistant Principal, Trip Elementary
Theresa Consorti, Assistant Principal
It is an honor and a privilege to serve the faculty and staff of Trip Elementary School as an Assistant Principal. The Grayson community is second to none, and I am excited about all we will do together this year!
My teaching career began in Gwinnett County Public Schools twenty-two years ago as a third-grade teacher at Beaver Ridge Elementary. The rich cultures and diversity of GCPS are what has made me call it home ever since. Additionally, I have served as a teacher and an instructional coach at Lilburn Elementary and Arcado Elementary, working with first through fifth-grade students.
Most recently, I served as an assistant principal at Richards Middle School, where I began my administrative career seven years ago. While there, I supported many different programs, including Special Education, English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Language Arts and Literacy. My arrival at Trip feels like coming home — a long-awaited return to my first love: elementary school.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in music, with a minor in education, from Agnes Scott College, a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University, and a Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. I earned my Leadership Certification from Mercer University.
I am passionate about the wonder that comes from early learning and inspiring a love of learning in each and every student. I embrace the stories that our children bring to school and savor learning from their experiences as they enrich our classrooms. When I’m not serving our school, you’ll find me hiking with my family, trying out a new recipe for dinner, or singing along to my daughters’ favorite songs.
Thank you for welcoming me into the community. I look forward to working alongside you, your children, and our teachers to make Trip Elementary School a place where all students love to learn every day!
Assistant Principal, Trip Elementary
Ferdye Tenorio, Assistant Principal
I have been part of the Grayson Community since I was a middle school student and am proud to be a Grayson High School graduate! I am overjoyed to continue growing both personally and professionally with this wonderful community and serve as one of the Assistant Principals here at Trip Elementary School! Although Grayson has been through several changes throughout the years, it continues to outstand me with its sense of community, love, and care for its students and families and I strive to contribute to that every single day.I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in ESOL from Georgia State University and eventually returned to my alma mater a few years later and received my master's degree in Educational Leadership. Between the two, I was lucky enough to teach 1st and 3rd grade and eventually became an ESOL teacher. Through several different teacher leadership opportunities and experiences, I was able to end up where I am today. Outside of school, I really enjoy traveling to different places (especially internationally), trying different foods, learning about new cultures, and spending time with friends and family!I truly believe that students can do whatever they set their minds to, regardless of their background. From personal experiences, I have seen what amazing things children can achieve when you truly believe in them, challenge them, and support them along the way. I look forward to working with you to ensure your child reaches their full potential and please know that I am here to support their learning and personal growth in any way I can!Ferdye TenorioAssistant Principal, Trip ElementaryEmail: Ferdye.Tenorio@gcpsk12.org