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What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? The concept of fun and play inspired me to become a teacher! I've been around young children since age 12 when I started babysitting for families in my neighborhood. I've always loved kids and their play-based way of thinking, learning, and experiencing life. I worked as an aftercare teacher throughout college, thinking that once I graduated I would need to change gears and pursue a more corporate career. Near...

Kindergarten students have jumped into their handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears. In one of their first lessons, they learned that all capital letters are made up of 4 basic shapes: big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves. Using large, hands-on cutouts of lines and curves, students practiced making things with these 4 basic shapes. These tools will help guide them through building letters, copying letters, and then independently writing letters! Learn more about the Handwriting Without Tears program here: https://www.lwtears.com/...

We are excited to welcome Hanna Stagg to our Grade 1 teaching staff! Here is a little more about her: What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? My parents inspired me to follow a career in education. They are both international educators, and they raised my sister and me in Southeast Asia. Teaching was a very natural and easy decision for me. What do you love about your job? Being with children each and every day- 100%! More specifically,...

A warm welcome to our new Preschool Teacher Jennifer Takahashi! Here is a short "get to know you" Q & A we'd like to share: What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I appreciate how kids share their unique perspective of the world around them.  When we get time with them and listen, we can let go of our view and see things with fresh eyes. Their curiosity and excitement about life is infectious and it's an...

Prep week is always a busy time, but when the countdown to the first day of school coincides with the end of a summer-long construction project, it can be a bit more hectic, to say the least! Our wonderful community of teachers, staff, and administration members banded together to make our campus unveil truly amazing, and we could not be more thankful for this hardworking team of individuals. Go Gillispie!...

  Campus is bustling this summer – both with summer campers and with PROGRESS! Here’s a sneak peek of Phase 1 of Constructing Sandboxes: The Campaign for Gillispie. Spurred by the generosity of early supporters of the Constructing Sandboxes campaign, our Kindergarten and Early Childhood classrooms are being completely rebuilt and transformed, expanding teaching space and bringing in elements that reflect the Reggio Emilia philosophy followed by faculty in their teaching. When our families return in the fall, they...

During a heartfelt ceremony, our 2019 sixth grade graduates each gave their own beautiful speeches reflecting on their time at Gillispie. Common themes heard were: Enthusiasm "Hope is the way to gain confidence. Being hopeful will allow you to have a lot of enthusiasm. I believe that being hopeful will allow you to overcome your fears." “I believe enthusiasm is a key to life. Half of enthusiasm is having a positive attitude, and the other half is lifting up anyone...

A jury of Gillispie fourth graders found their classmate guilty in a mock trial at Superior Court. After the judgment, bailiff Lucian escorted fictional defendant Dahlia in handcuffs to serve her sentence in a jail cell. The issue was whether or not the Harry Potter character, Harry, played by Dahlia, intended to assault Draco Malfoy, played by Aurom, when she cast a spell on him. Judge Frank Devaney presided over the case alongside his fourth grade judicial...

We are beaming with pride at Allegra G. and Talia S. wearing their Gillispie "kindness" shirts at the KIWANIS La Jolla 5K!  Grade 5 student Ved G. completed his first USA triathlon on May 5, the 2019 Spring Sprint Triathlon! The event included a bay swim, bike race, and run course. We are so proud of these students' amazing athletic accomplishments! #gogeckos ...