Graves brings 20 years of experience as an educator and instructional leader to Drew. She has served as a high school social studies teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school executive associate principal, and for the last 10 years an elementary school principal. Since 2012, she has served as principal of Hoffman-Boston. Under her leadership, she has brought high-quality instructional programs and practices to Hoffman-Boston, which has led to the school receiving the Virginia Distinguished Award of Excellence for the first time in the school’s history.

“Kim is well-known in her community and among colleagues as a student-centered leader who is willing to ‘roll up’ her sleeves and do the work she asks of others. She is fair and consistent, but most importantly she believes in community and relationships,” said Murphy.

Beginning July 1, 2018, Drew Model School will enter its final year as a combined neighborhood and countywide elementary Montessori school that serves both the nearby Nauck community as well as Arlington residents across the county. During the 2018-19 school year, the Montessori program will move to the facility at the Patrick Henry site. Drew will begin the first phase of transitioning from its current hybrid design to solely a neighborhood elementary school in the 2019-20 school year serving the South Arlington community.

Graves holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. She also holds certification in K-12 supervision and administration and in social studies.




I have worked in the field of education for over 23 years in which I’ve served as a classroom teacher and a mathematics coach. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York where I taught for 13 years before moving to Arlington, Virginia. I’ve worked as a classroom teacher at Arlington Traditional School and served as a mathematics coach at Carlin Springs, Campbell and Oakridge Elementary Schools.

I have a Master’s Degree in Africana Studies (State University of New York at Albany), Math Education and Educational Policy (University of Virginia) and Education Leadership (George Mason University).

I am excited to be the Assistant Principal of Drew Model Elementary School and look forward to meeting the families and students of the Drew Model community.

QUOTE: “Students should actively create their learning rather than passively consume it.” – John Spencer