Phone: (770) 382-3666


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Science Education in Middle Grades, Georgia Southern University Masters of Education in Middle Grades, Valdosta State University Gifted Endorsement

Mrs. Holly Gridley, ELA

Hello and welcome to 8th grade at Cartersville Middle School!  My name is Holly Gridley and it is my goal to help make this a phenomenal year for each of my students.  I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in Education from Georgia Southern University in 1991.  I began teaching in Folkston, GA where I taught four years of 6th grade ELA. While teaching in Folkston, I acquired my Master's of Education degree in middle grades from Valdosta State University in 1993.  After moving to Cartersville in 1994, I taught 8th grade ELA at Cass Middle School.  After leaving the classroom to raise my children, I returned to teaching in 2014 at Cartersville Middle School.  This is my eighth year teaching 8th grade ELA at CMS. 

I have been married for 30 years to John Gridley, a former social studies teacher at Cartersville High School.  We have three sons who have all been a part of the Cartersville city schools where they received an exemplary education.  Caleb, my oldest, finished his doctorate of pharmacy at Samford University this past May and is working at Emory hospital in a research lab.  Gabriel, also graduated in May from Georgia Southern University with his business degree.  My youngest son, Isaac, a junior and resident assistant at Berry College is pursuing an engineering degree.

It is my desire to help make this an extremely successful year for each of my students.  I hope to inspire a LOVE of reading and to develop the internal spark within each student I teach to achieve his/her greatest potential.

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