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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.
Andrea Gillespie, the TLDSB ..., 10 Sept 2014 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie, the TLDSB superintendent of early learning, says it is important to offer full day kindergarten programming because kids at three, four and five are curious and capable young people. She says they are providing the children opportunities to learn and begin developing 24th century skills as early as possible. "I'm in these classrooms all the time and I'm always amazed at what three, four and five-year-olds are able to do," says Gillespie. "With this five-year implementation, we've made sure that we've done all sorts of professional learning so that the teachers are really re-thinking what is offered in kindergarten so now when you go into a kindergarten classroom the classrooms don't look identical to what they used to look like. We're inviting students to be part of inquiry, it's a different way to offer the learning. Learning the skills of learning is what it's about. It's not just straight facts anymore." Some parents have indicated concerns about their young children joining full day, every day kindergarten but Gillespie says the board and its schools are more than happy to work with each parent on an individual basis. She says the students are usually comfortable with going to school every day by Thanksgiving. "Sometimes they're a little wary at the start, whether or not their three and four year-olds can manage coming every day to school," she says. "We work with the parents to make sure the transition is smooth. Some kids can come in and start full day, every day and not have a problem with us. But other families have identified to us that maybe the first week for us is three full days and then the following four days. We're really trying to work with the families to make it work for them." Gillespie notes the numbers of days children are going to be at school is "one of the biggest concerns that parents have, but then they realize their children are going to be fine." The other concern parents have identified to the board is the size of classrooms. But Gillespie says with a little explanation about each kindergarten classroom's educator team parents begin to understand their children are being well looked after. "There are always two adults in those classrooms, the teacher and a designated early childhood educator," says Gillespie. "That has allowed us to have a little bit larger numbers in those classrooms." Gillespie says they make it a priority to communicate well with the parents, as they know the child best, to ensure the best fit for each child as they begin their scholastic careers. It has led to some happy parents. "Parents seem to really love it," she says.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board - From The Director's Office, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie, District Principal of Elementary School Improvement/Operations
Trillium Lakelands District School Board, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie District Principal of Elementary School Improvement
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