Sarah Grady

P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E:

I am honored to be the principal of McKinley Elementary since 2018. McKinley is a place where strong connections are made between home, school, and our community. I am committed to fostering an environment here at McKinley, where all children feel safe and have access to high quality instruction, so they can cultivate positive change for our school and community.

I graduated from Upper Iowa University with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2004 and from the University of Northern Iowa with a master’s degree in educational urban leadership/principalship in 2013. I began my career with the Des Moines Public Schools in 2005 and have served in different roles during my career: substitute, classroom teacher, interventionist, instructional coach, and Dean of Students. I have been fortunate to serve students, families, and staff at six different elementary schools across our district. These experiences have shaped me as an educator and challenge me to grow and evolve to best serve our school community.

My husband and I have two daughters. Our oldest daughter is an intensive care nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City and our youngest daughter is in high school. When I am not at work I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.