Profile for Bill Gillespie

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Specialty area(s)

Pre-K-12 School Principal / Director of Instruction Leadership, Caring (The Ethic of Care) School Leadership, and Teacher Education through Professional Development

Brief biography

I thoroughly enjoy being the Program 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 (IPSE) - Department of Educational Leadership Studies, (IPSE) Masters of Education - Professional Development, and in the School of Education - Department of Educational Studies at UW-L. I have also taught in the Education Department at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida and in the Student Success Department at Florida Southwestern State College In Naples, Florida. I also served the Menasha School District in Menasha, Wisconsin for twenty-five years as an elementary school principal, district summer school administrator, district mathematics coordinator, elementary school teacher, and science program support teacher. I am proud of the work I have done to enrich the lives of students and the communities I serve. I look forward to helping you become a dynamic teacher and/or principal as we embark on this journey of learning together.

Current courses at UWL

  • Summer 2019 EDU 767 Data-based Decision Making for Instruction
  • Summer 2019 EDU 771 School Finance and Resource Allocation
  • Summer 2019 Online 8 Masters in Education in Professional Development

Education

Undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. - Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Teaching history

  • Summer 2019 EDU 767 Data-based Decision Making for Instruction
  • Summer 2019 EDU 771 School Finance and Resource Allocation
  • Summer 2019 Online 8 Masters in Education in Professional Development
  • Spring 2019 EDU 773 Practicum in the Principalship & Seminar
  • Spring 2019 EDU 769 Leadership and Cultural Competence
  • Spring 2019 EDU 766 Principalship
  • Spring 2019 Online 8 Masters in Education in Professional Development
  • Fall 2018 UWL 100 First Year Student Seminar
  • Fall 2018 EDS 203 Teachers, School, and Society
  • Fall 2018 Online 7 Masters in Education in Professional Development
  • Fall 2018 EDU 733 Practicum in the Principalship and Seminar 
  • Fall 2018 EDU 744 Educational Research IV
  • Fall 2018 EDU 767 Data-based Decision Making for Instruction, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2018 Online 7 Masters in Education in Professional Development, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2018 EDU 766 Principalship, UW La Crosse
  • Summer 2018 EDU 771 School Finance & Resource Allocation, UW La Crosse
  • Spring 2018 EDS 203 Teachers, School, and Society
  • 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 SLS 1515 Cornerstone, Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Spring 2016 SLS 1515 Cornerstone, Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Fall 2014 SLS 1515 Cornerstone, Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College 
  • Fall 2015 EDUC 390 Teaching Science in the Classroom, Ave Maria University
  • Fall 2015 EDUC 380 Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom, Ave Maria University
  • Spring 2014 SLS 1515 Cornerstone, Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Fall 2014 SLS 1515 Cornerstone, Academic Success, Florida SouthWestern State College 
  • Fall 2014 EDUC 390 Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Classroom, Ave Maria University
  • Fall 2014 EDUC 380 Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom, 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.

Wisconsin Teaching Today:

Is your Principal a Caring Principal? What is Caring Principal Leadership?, Spring 2018

Pedagogy of Care, Spring 2018

Poverty and Trauma is Causing School Principals to Rethink How They Lead, Spring 2018

Faculty Collaboration in an Online Setting, Fall 2017