Bill Gillespie

Education Specialist
Inst For Prof Studies In Educ
Office hours
268 Morris Hall
608.785.5410
bgillespie@uwlax.edu

Specialty area(s)

K-12 School principal leadership, collaborative leadership, and teacher education, leadership, and professional development

Brief biography

I thoroughly enjoy being the Director of Educational Leadership at UW-L. My experiences as an instructor in Higher Education includes teaching in the Institute for Professional Studies in Education and the Department of Educational Studies at UW-L, teaching in the Education Department at Ave Maria University and teaching in the Student Success Department at Florida Southwestern State College. I also served the Menasha School District in Menasha, Wisconsin as an elementary school teacher for fourteen years, science program support teacher for fourteen years, elementary school principal for eleven years, district summer school administrator for six years and district mathematics coordinator for six years. Overall, I was a teacher for twenty years and school principal for eleven years. I am proud of the work I have done to enrich the lives of students and the communities I served. I look forward to helping you become a dynamic teacher and/or principal as we embark on this journey of learning together.

Bill

Current courses at UWL

EDU 769 Leadership and Cultural Competence

Facilitator, Masters of Education Professional Development Courses, Online 7

  • EDU 703 Learning in Community 3
  • EDU 713 Technology in Education 3
  • EDU 642 Educational Research 2
  • EDU 733 Curriculum Development and Assessment 3
  • EDU 662 Teacher Leadership 2

Teaching history

  • Spring 2018 EDS 203 School, Society, and Teachers 
  • Spring 2018 Online 7 Masters in Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Spring 2018 EDU 769 Leadership and Cultural Competence
  • Fall 2017 EDS 203 School, Society, and Teachers
  • Fall 2017 EDU 767 Data-based Decision Making for Instruction, UW La Crosse
  • Fall 2017 Online 7 Masters in Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2017 EDU 766 Principalship, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2017 Online 7 Masters in Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Spring 2017 EDU 771 School Finance & Resource Allocation, UW La Crosse
  • Spring 2017 Masters of Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Fall 2016 EDU 769 Leadership and Cultural Competence, UW La Crosse
  • Fall 2016 Masters of Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2016 Cornerstone (SLS 1515), Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Spring 2016 Cornerstone (SLS 1515), Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Fall 2014 Cornerstone (SLS 1515), Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College 
  • Fall 2015 Teaching Science in the Classroom (EDUC 390), Ave Maria University
  • Fall 2015 Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom (EDUC 380), Ave Maria University
  • Spring 2014 Cornerstone (SLS 1515), Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Fall 2014 Cornerstone (SLS 1515), Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College 
  • Fall 2014 Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Classroom (EDUC 390), Ave Maria University
  • Fall 2014 Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom (EDUC 380), Ave Maria University. Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013 Classroom Management and Organization (EDUC 240), Ave Maria University

Professional history

Higher Education Experience

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - August 2016 - Current

Ave Maria University - Fall 2013 - Fall 2015

Florida Southwestern State College - Fall 2014 - Summer 2016

K-12 Administrative/Teaching Experience

  • Spring 2015 St. Andrew School: 6-8 Science Teacher – STEM Emphasis, Cape Coral, Fl. 
  • 2013/2014 Donahue Academy: Teacher Evaluator, K - 12 Substitute Teacher, Ave Maria, FL.
  • 2000/2011 Butte des Morts Elementary School: K - 5 Elementary School Principal, Menasha, WI.
  • 1994/2000 Menasha High School: PreK – 12 Summer School Coordinator, Menasha, WI. Planned, developed, and administered, the school districts summer school programs. 
  • 1994/2000 Clovis Grove Elementary School: K-5 District Mathematics Coordinator, Menasha, WI. Led staff development in mathematics, directed a textbook adoption process, and mentored teachers in mathematics lesson planning.
  • 1986/2000 Grade 4 Lead Science / Classroom Teacher. Clovis Grove Elementary School, Menasha School District, WI. 
  • 1978/1986 Grade 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 Classroom Teacher. Presentation Catholic School, North Fond du Lac, WI, Plymouth and Waupun Public School District, WI.
  • 1975/1978 School Age Director and Preschool Teacher. Salvation Army Child Care Center, Fond du Lac, WI.

Research and publishing

The Ethic of Care and Educational Leadership: The Caring School Principal – A Case Study, December, 2013

Care Theory and Its Implications for Education, September, 2008.

Education

Undergraduate, Master's, and PhD from Marian University of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.