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Andrea Gillespie

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Elementary School Improvements

Employment History


  • Master of Education , curriculum
    Ontario Institute for Studies
  • degree , physical education and health education
    Brock University
  • Bachelor of Education
    Nipissing University
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What′s Up Muskoka, 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.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie District Principal of Elementary School Improvements
What′s Up Muskoka, 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.
MUSKOKA â€" Andrea Gillespie ..., 1 Dec 2010 [cached]
MUSKOKA â€" Andrea Gillespie has been appointed the new superintendent of elementary school improvement and operations for Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The former district principal of elementary school improvement, Gillespie moves into the superintendent role following Gale Sherin’s retirement after 31 years of service to TLDSB.
Gillespie is excited about her new position and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“Teaching and learning are my first love,†she said. “I come from many years of teaching experience and certainly in this role, now to be able to lead some of those initiatives that impact right back at the classroom, it’s a very exciting opportunity.â€
Prior to her role as district principal of elementary school improvement, Gillespie served as vice-principal at Bracebridge Public School, followed by principal at first Watt and then Pine Glen Public School. She was also the founder and driving force behind the annual Battle of the Books competitions held across the board.
Now, as superintendent of elementary school improvement and operations, Gillespie heads up the curriculum development team for the elementary schools, determines staffing levels at schools based on enrolment projections, sets out the school calendar each year and is the go-to superintendent for parents of students in the Lindsay area.
Gillespie holds a degree in physical education and health education from Brock University, a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, and a Master of Education in curriculum from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Andrea Gillespie District Principal of Elementary School Improvement
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