Administrative Team

Meet Administration

Mr. Grant and Ms. Sykes
All about Mr. Grant
I am honored to be the principal of Washington GT Magnet Elementary School where I taught and both of my sons attended. I have been an educator for 25 years and my goal is to engage and challenge every child in a thriving learning community. I believe a strong, healthy school is one where a passionate and skilled staff works in collaboration with actively involved parents and our broader community to prepare our students to be well rounded leaders in the 21st century.

I have a B.A in political science with a minor in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. After briefly interning on Capitol Hill, I taught elementary school in an inner city Catholic school in Washington, DC. I earned a master's degree in elementary education at Syracuse University. In the early 1990's I moved to Raleigh where I taught at Durant Road Year Round Elementary School for 5 years and Washington GT Magnet Elementary for 10 years. During that time I was a mentor teacher and became a National Board Certified teacher. After 19 years in the classroom I earned a master's degree in administration from NC State through the Wake County Leadership Cohort. I served as the assistant principal at Briarcliff Elementary in Cary for three years and in 2010 was the named the Assistant Principal of the Year for Wake County. Prior to serving as Washington's principal I was the principal of Lacy Elementary school for 3 years.

My wife, Emily, is the youth programs coordinator at the NC Museum of History. We have two teenage sons. Wyatt attends Broughton High School and Ben attends UNC Wilmington. My sons and I enjoy playing basketball and eating ice cream. Our family loves traveling, laughing, and trying new foods. I look forward to getting to know you and your family.
Mr. Grant, Principal 


 All about Ms. Sykes

When I was a student at Shaw University, I walked to Washington GT Magnet Elementary to get experience working with students while I was learning about all the components that shape great teachers. Little did I know that my educational career would bring me back here as an Assistant Principal! After graduating from Shaw, I taught grades K-3 at Bugg Elementary over a span of eight years. During this time I led professional development, coordinated an after-school enrichment program, achieved National Board Certification, and was selected Teacher of the Year by my colleagues. During this time, I realized how much I enjoyed working with students AND teachers. Several mentors supported me as I decided to enter into administration. I earned a Masters in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the NC Principals Fellows Program. I completed my administrative internship at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School.  Last year I joined the WES family as an administrator and have loved getting to know students, staff and parents.  I am currently pursuing my doctoral degree at High Point University. 

I love spending time with my family and friends, and I enjoy photography, traveling, reading, and learning new technology. I am excited and looking forward to a successful year of working hard, growing, learning, exceeding high expectations, and having fun with the students, staff, and families of Washington GT Magnet Elementary.
Ms. Sykes, Assistant Principal 

All About Mrs. Burnette

My name is Catie Burnette and I am honored to be your Administrative Intern for the 2016-17 school year! I am so thankful to begin my journey into educational leadership at Washington. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, I taught first grade in rural Eastern North Carolina as part of the Teacher for America corps. After getting married, I moved to Raleigh and continued my career in both first and second grade at Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School. During my time at Bugg, I have worked with beginning teachers, coached Girls on the Run, and worked as an A+ Fellow with the A+ Schools Program of NC. I was also selected as Teacher of the Year by my colleagues and as a semi-finalist for Wake County Schools during the 2015-16 school year. Throughout my educational career, I have worked alongside many leaders who have shaped my values and beliefs. They helped me to also grow as a leader in and out of the classroom and encouraged me to further my education. I am currently pursing my Master's in School Administration at North Carolina State University and I am so excited to become part of the Washington family. My husband, George, is an attorney that specializes in estate planning. We live with our dog, Lola, in downtown Raleigh and enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, and going to Atlantic Beach with our family.