KIPP Texas - Dallas/Fort Worth

KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary

Grades Served
Grades Served 2022-23 SY K-5
Founded 2016
Teachers 37
Students 596

KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary opened its doors in 2016 with a vision to create a school located in South Dallas for all children to achieve in both academics, the arts, and social-emotional well-being. In 2019, McKenzie Gadis became the successor school leader to continue the work of establishing a world-class school committed to student achievement. KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary’s mission is to provide children in Pleasant Grove with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college and the competitive world beyond. Through rigorous data-driven instruction, strategic instructional minutes, and collaborative planning, our staff of highly-qualified educators deliver effective instruction in math, literacy, science, and more. We value the whole child and provide curriculum and resources to build strong social and emotional skills. At KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary scholars are CHAMPIONs of their learning, identity, goals and futures.

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McKenzie Gadis

School Leader

We are a community of leaders and CHAMPIONs who are committed to creating influential relationships, providing rigorous academic instruction and making social-emotional learning a priority for all KIPPsters. We strive to be a school and community partner that allows each and every scholar to grow, succeed and thrive in and outside of the classroom.

McKenzie Gadis, a native Detroit, Michigan, has always been passionate about education and helping to make a difference in the lives of others. She serves as the Principal at KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary, where she previously served as the Assistant Principal. Prior to joining the KIPP DFW team in 2017, Mrs. Gadis was a founding teacher and grade level chair K-4 at KIPP STRIVE Primary in Atlanta, Georgia. During this time, she served as a mentor teacher, coach, Eureka math lead, and was recognized by Atlanta Public School as a high-performing educator. Mrs. Gadis received her B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University and in the Teaching Trust Leadership Program. In her spare time, she enjoys attending church, traveling with friends, and spending time with her husband.

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