7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Faculty Updates for 2012-2013

March 8, 2012

Mrs. Pirtle has made an important decision that she would like to share with our community–she will be retiring from the classroom at the end of this year. Mrs. Pirtle has devoted her life to education for the last 38 years, 15 of which have been at The Gillispie School. She is looking forward to the next adventures in her life, which may include writing, traveling, remaining connected to students through tutoring, and her volunteering at the La Jolla Playhouse.

In addition, Cathy Blake has decided to return to her role as a lower elementary school assistant teacher at Gillispie. And we have learned that Deirdre Negrini, Mrs. Pirtle’s kindergarten teaching assistant, will be moving to Yuma, Arizona, at the close of the school year. We wish Mrs. Pirtle and Ms. Negrini all the best for their new endeavors.

Based on these changes, administration is in the process of interviewing teachers for kindergarten and Grade 2 openings. We’ve received more than 300 applications and have enjoyed round 1 interviews with several teachers who promise to live up to the standards of the Gilispie Endowment for Excellence in Teaching.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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