King faculty member honored for teaching skills and devotion to PTSA
TAMPA - At King High School, Lori Sue Grieb wears many hats. As a member of the school's reading department, her main responsibility is that of a reading coach to other teachers. She helps them with their lessons plans, she writes reading curriculum and at times co-teaches with teachers in the classroom. Grieb, a 12-year faculty member at King, also instructs courses to qualify teachers as "reading endorsed," meaning they meet the requirements to properly diagnose students' reading capabilities.Also serving as the school's Sunshine chairperson, Grieb sends congratulatory or condolence letters to students who recently have experienced something joyful or sorrowful in their lives. In addition, she's in charge of celebratory parties for students, such as a recent end-of-the-year luncheon held off campus. On top of all those tasks, Grieb is a member of King High's PTSA Board of Directors. After the school day ends you'll often find her at area businesses soliciting monetary partnerships that help teachers fund special projects and provide the means to equip disadvantaged students with required school supplies. In recognition for all she does, especially in promoting the purpose and mission of the school's PTSA, Grieb recently was named 2013 Instructional Person of the Year by the Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSA. "She has been invaluable for our PTSA and has been instrumental in keeping the faculty involved," said Eddie Vance, president of the KHS PTSA. Grieb's devotion and outstanding contributions to the organization, Vance added, are magnified by the amount of personal time she gives to the organization. International Baccalaureate Assistant Principal Mat Romano describes Grieb as a "tireless worker." "She is instrumental in improving students' reading skills and she uses innovative practices to connect with our kids," Romano said. Pam May, a longtime PTSA volunteer who also manages King's Computer Technology Success Lab, was the person who nominated Grieb. "She's a great addition to our staff and she is very dedicated to our PTSA and in helping us achieve goals for our students, teachers and parents." Also, recent King High graduate Mallory Mitchell received Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSA's 2013 Outstanding High School Senior Award. Joyce McKenzie can be reached at JoyceCMcKenzie@gmail.com.