McPherson replaces Gracy as principal at Marathon High School

June 25, 2014 

Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter on Monday appointed Wendelynn McPherson to be the principal at Marathon High School, replacing Hammond Gracy.

Gracy was principal for four years and has indicated he might head to Duval County (Jacksonville), where he was a principal before taking over for Harry Russell in Marathon in 2010. He's owned a home in Atlantic Beach since 1986.

McPherson had been assistant principal of Sugarloaf School. The School Board on Tuesday was expected to codify Porter's decision to move her to Marathon.

McPherson has lived in the Florida Keys since 1980. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida State University and a master's in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction from the University of West Florida.

McPherson has worked in the Monroe County school system for 22 years. She taught at the elementary level for 11 years, served as district program specialist in the English and Language Arts curriculum area for five years and was an assistant principal for six. McPherson was assistant principal at Marathon High for four of those six years. 

McPherson has been married to Michael McPherson for 22 years.

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