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Posted on May 18, 2012

Two New Faculty Join Gillispie

May 17, 2012

I wanted to share news with you about next year and where we are in the hiring process. After an extensive search (including the review of over 500 resumes), Chelsey Watkins will join Spring Swaney in Grade 2. Mrs. Watkins received her bachelor of arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a masters of art in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego. For the past four years, she has served as the principal of Southwestern Christian School in Chula Vista. She also brings five years of teaching experience in kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, 3, and 5 in San Diego and Elkhardt, Indiana. For the kindergarten position, we have hired Robin Davis, who received her bachelors of science in Education and Masters of Education and Reading Specialty from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. At the Haverford School in Pennsylvania, she taught second grade for eight years and kindergarten for five years. Mrs. Davis also taught prekindergarten for eight years at Saint David’s Nursery School. She will team with Mrs. Auld in Room 18 (as currently planned, a long-term substitute will be hired until Mrs. Auld returns after Thanksgiving). Another excellent team will work together in kindergarten Room 19, with Michelle Quinton as lead teacher and Cathy Blake as assistant teacher. Other news is that Maté Schissler will be moving to San Francisco to join her family and join the staff at Alta Vista School. Ms. Binder will be leaving Gillispie to follow her passion as a professional photograher. As such, Gillispie will continue searches for these positions and have received some very promising resumes. I will keep you posted!

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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