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Andrea Gillespie

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Elementary School Improvement and Operations

Employment History


  • first degree , Physical Education and Health Education
    Brock University
  • Bachelors of Education
    Nipissing University
  • Masters of Education , Curriculum
    Ontario Institute for Studies
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Andrea Gillespie, ..., 19 Feb 2014 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie, superintendent of Early Learning, Elementary School Improvement and Operations for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, says the board has a policy of asking homeschoolers to register their children, "so we know they're out there," she says. About 30 per cent of the 123 families that have registered with the board as homeschoolers are from Muskoka. Gillespie sees the standardized curriculum for both public and Catholic boards as a point in favour of public schooling. "It's grounded in big ideas and large-thinking concepts," she says. "In the 21st century, we know it's no longer about discrete facts. We can't even know how the world is going to look." Everything in the curriculum, she says, works towards developing six skills: responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation. "These are really well-researched learning skills, coming in part from conversations with employers over the years. It's about learning to get on in the world, and those are the six skills you need," she says. Gillespie also stresses the community and culture created in schools. From her experience as a school principal, she recalls, "A tragedy would befall a family and the whole school would chip in whatever way they could.
New Superintendent keeps 'key' close to her heart [cached]
BRACEBRIDGE, ON - Andrea Gillespie will step in to the Superintendent's Office - without a moment of hesitation.
Gillespie, who becomes the new Superintendent of Elementary School Improvement and Operations effective Monday, has been shaping her career path in education to lead just where it has.
Apart from her excitement at being awarded the position, Gillespie said she is thrilled to have the chance to lead a "remarkable" elementary curriculum team.
Director of Education Larry Hope said hiring Gillespie is an exciting move for Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
"Andrea has worked with the individuals in the curriculum department for years already, first shoulder-to-shoulder as a teacher, then in a wide variety of administrative roles as vice-principal, principal, and most recently, as District Principal of Elementary School Improvement and Operations. "She brings a great energy and excitement of her own to this leadership position, and we're looking forward to having her join our senior team."
Gillespie earned her first degree in Physical Education and Health Education from Brock University. She later did a Bachelors of Education at Nipissing University, followed by a Masters of Education in Curriculum at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.
Gillespie said her real love is teaching and that she hopes her passion will colour all she does in her new position.
"My heart really is with the students," she said, adding that she believes that will be the key to the successful operation of Trillium Lakelands DSB elementary schools in the future.
"It's easy to become lost in the 21st century - in technology, in politics, in challenges. I believe if we keep our students at the heart of what we do and how we do it, our path will always be much clearer."
Gillespie was born in Cambridge, ON and grew up in Southern Ontario and later in a small hydro community on the shores of James Bay. She is wife to Tom, mom to Alexis, a pet and book lover, and a twin. She looks forward to her work in the Board, from her office in Bracebridge.
Senior Administration, 16 Sept 2012 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie
Trillium Lakelands District School Board - From The Director's Office, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie, District Principal of Elementary School Improvement/Operations
Departments, 16 Sept 2012 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie Superintendent of Elementary School Improvement / Elementary Operations ext 21254
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