John gratto
John Gratto
Faculty at Virginia Tech
Biographical Information

Dr. John Gratto joined Virginia Tech's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies faculty  as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Education in August of 2012. He earned his Ed.D. in Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

He brings strong experience in K-12 school leadership and administration having served 23 years as a Superintendent of Schools, 5 years as a K-12 principal, and 2 years as a K-6 principal, all in New York State Schools.

While serving as a Superintendent of Schools, he was also an adjunct professor of education administration at the University at Albany and Stony Brook University, teaching Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations, School District Leadership, and School Law.

In addition to his experience as a school administrator and adjunct professor, Dr. Gratto served in state and local leadership roles as a Member of the New York State Education Commissioner's Advisory Council, a Blue Ribbon School Review Panelist for New York State Elementary Schools, President of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, and Executive Secretary of the Essex County School Boards Association.

He has also authored a number of practical articles of use to school administrators  on topics such as Board of Education/superintendent relationships, communicating effectively, and strategies to gain support for school budgets.

As a clinical assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, he currently teaches graduate classes in the Principal Preparation and Doctoral programs. The classes he teaches include Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Personnel Administration, Leadership and Change, Research, Data, and Assessment, and Theories of Administration. He also supervises teachers who are interning as principals.


Ed.D. Education Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University

Certificate of Advanced Study, Education Administration, Plattsburgh (NY) State University College

M.Ed. Counselor Education, Plattsburgh (NY) State University College

B.S. Physical Education, Cortland (NY) State University College