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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Gracie DeLadurantaye is in her 7th year of teaching 3rd grade. Her first year of teaching took her to Fremont, California however she has been at Cornell Elementary ever since. Gracie graduated from Michigan State University twice, first as an undergraduate in Elementary Education with a minor in Geography and then with a Master’s Degree in K-12 Educational Administration.

This past July, Gracie married her husband Brian at a beautiful barn in Sparta - very fitting for a dedicated Spartan couple! They recently bought a house in East Lansing and are very busy with house projects. They have no pets… yet. In her time outside of the classroom, Gracie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, working on art projects, and taking trips to Lake Michigan.

When asked why she enjoys teaching in Okemos, her answer is simple: I love my school community! I have so much appreciation and admiration for my amazing fellow staff members - I love my Cornell family! I feel lucky to be in a district with so many talented educators that I can work with and learn from. I am especially grateful for my wonderful students - past and present - and their families. No doubt about it, teaching is a hard job, but I am constantly reminded why I teach when I come to school and see my foxes and watch them grow. I am so proud of my students and am thankful for the smiles they bring to my day!