Photo of Principal Lori Griffin visiting with a second grade classroom
  • Lori Griffin is the Principal of Ballman Elementary School in Fort Smith and is currently serving in her 25th year of education. Lori graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She was designated by the Arkansas Department of Education as an Arkansas Master Principal in 2012 and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Arkansas Elementary Association of Elementary School Principals.  

    "I could not be more proud to serve the students, teachers, families and community of Ballman Elementary. We are a small school, but we try to go above and beyond to take care of OUR students in every way!!! We are currently in our fourth year of implementing the Professional Learning Community Process and are honored this year to be a part of the Arkansas PLC Pilot Project.  How cool it is to have our staff and students working with national Solution Tree Associates and collaborating more intentionally to meet the needs of those we serve.   We are excited about the culture we are creating at Ballman where we will do whatever it takes for our students, and we are doing it with heart and soul every single day!! We know to be successful we must work hard but also play hard, and we celebrate our successes often! If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me."