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
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.
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
real love is teaching and that she
passion will colour all she
does in her
"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.
is wife to Tom, mom to Alexis, a pet and book lover, and a twin.
looks forward to her
work in the Board, from her
office in Bracebridge.