New school hours for McKinney ISD Elementary Students: 8:00 - 3:07

Fran Gratt


Fran Gratt Bio

I am so proud to be the principal of Wolford Elementary School. It is the BEST job in the world!!! I cannot think of any other position that I would love to have. As the instructional leader, working with children and their teachers allows me to have a hand in shaping the future. Our children are the future and their potential can lead to endless possibilities for success.

With over 35 years of experience in education, I joined MISD in 2005 as the principal of Wolford Elementary School. Prior to working in McKinney ISD, I served as the director of accreditation at the Episcopal School of Dallas and as the assistant principal at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson. Before then, I was the principal at Brentfield Elementary School from 1999 – 2005. Before working in Richardson, I was a science and math teacher at various private schools. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education with a minor in Biology and I have my mid-management certification from TWU.

One of the best things about being a principal is being able to work with children everyday. At Wolford, we are fortunate to have highly qualified staff members who enjoy working with children. Our teachers work hard everyday to ensure that all students under their care receive an excellent education. The teachers also develop relationships with their students and their families by truly caring about their students. When students know that their teachers care about them, students get empowered to do their personal best daily. Teachers at Wolford create engaging lessons for their students so that learning becomes exciting and authentic. Our teachers are life-long learners and are eager to support their students in the learning process.

William Butler Yeats once said: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” At Wolford, we intend to light many fires…fires that will spark the imagination, fires that will give students the thirst for knowledge, and fires that will ignite the imagination so that innovation will happen for all members of our school community. My door is always open and I welcome you to communicate with me regarding any needs you may have.