Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jill Gildea has announced that she will be departing Greenwich, CT this summer due to her family's unanticipated relocation to Utah.
Dr. Gildea said, "I have been privileged with the charge of leading the Greenwich educational community in navigating both transactional and transformative work across exemplary schools. The work that has transpired here has been truly impressive, and I will carry the innovative programming forward. The focus on keeping students at the center of all we do is notable, and I'm honored to have served with such a committed and dedicated team of educators. The highly effective, integrated community partnerships that bring in donations and best in class services, all within a solid balanced budget are just a few examples of the power of a dedicated staff and community. Though my time here in the district was shorter than I imagined, I look back with great pride and satisfaction knowing that we, together, have prepared students for their next steps. I remain grateful for and impressed with the work of our instructional and operational administrators, educators, and support staff. Their dedication and commitment to excellence is evident in all they do across the District."
Dr. Gildea began as Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools in July 2017, and has overseen the implementation of later school start times for the District's secondary schools, the development of a fifteen-year facilities master plan, the launch of the New Lebanon School building project, the implementation of the personalized learning math pilot, the acceptance of a $160 million budget, and the hiring and onboarding of the top operational leaders for the District.
The Board of Education will secure an immediate replacement following a comprehensive search process. Dr. Gildea will be available to provide transitional support throughout this period of time.
Bio Brief: Jill Gildea
Prior to her appointment in Greenwich, Dr. Gildea served as Superintendent of the Fremont School District 79 in Mundelein, Illinois, recognized for its work as a future ready school district focused on personalized learning. She is a student-centered and future-focused educator who keeps students at the forefront of all decisions. In Fremont she worked with staff, seven municipalities, and stakeholders to ensure the district's values of fiscal responsibility, collaborative practice, and whole child development were realized.
During her 30 years in education, Dr. Gildea has held administrative positions of superintendent for eleven years, assistant superintendent, educational programs director, curriculum director, high school division administrator, elementary principal, and has taught at the middle and high school settings.
An award winning and published educator, Dr. Gildea has been recognized as an exemplary educational leader and for her work in communications and fiscal management. She was a 2014 Finalist for the National Association of School Superintendents' (NASS) Superintendent of the Year Award; the National School Public Relations Association's (NSPRA) 2013 Golden Achievement Award in Communications recipient, and has received the Illinois Association of School Business Officials' (IASBO) Meritorious Budget Awards in Financial Budgeting for five years running (2012-2016.)Dr. Gildea received her superintendent's endorsement from National Louis University (2004), Evanston, Illinois and a master of education in language and literacy also from National Louis University (1992), a doctorate in curriculum and supervision from Northern Illinois University (2002), and a bachelor of arts in English and Secondary Education from Bradley University (1986).