Grace Carson joined the SASSO team in the fall semester of 2018 as an assistant athletic advisor and academic mentor. She works with a variety of student-athletes on their academic needs as well as helping develop social skills for the athletes to take outside of their time at UMKC. Carson also works closely with the Learning Specialist to give more support to student-athletes with learning challenges and disabilities. She works with a student-athlete caseload on a weekly basis to give individualized educational support and skill instruction.
Carson returned to school in the fall of 2017 to begin her Master’s degree from Kansas State University Global Campus. She is studying to receive a degree in Academic Advising for Intercollegiate Athletics. She is a member of organizations such as Women Leaders in College Sports and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Before joining the SASSO team, Carson taught 7th grade English/Language Arts for 3 years in Wichita, Kansas and Raytown, Missouri teaching primarily reading intervention courses to students with learning challenges. She was also the girls head track coach and assistant volleyball coach during her time as an educator. While teaching, she won awards such as the Wichita Public Schools “Good Apple” Award for her work with at-risk students. She was also hand selected to participate in a statewide poverty simulation to take her knowledge back to districts to better help underprivileged teenagers.
Carson earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree from Kansas State University in Secondary Education - Language Arts.