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Elizabeth “Listy” Gillingham has been an employee for the San Diego Unified School District for over 35 years.  She began her service as a math instructor at Standley Junior High School in 1982 teaching mostly 8th grade algebra classes and participating in various school leadership roles.  She was the mathematic chairperson, on their SSC and Governance teams, and Standley’s PTSA staff representative.  

In 1993, she was selected as part of the inaugural staff to kick off Scripps Ranch High School as a high school math teacher.  She later was selected as the Engineering Resource Teacher to support the Youth Apprenticeship Grant and served on the administrative team with grant writing, job shadowing programing, and WASC accreditation assignments.  

In 1996, she moved to UCSD as a SDUSD resource teacher on special assignment.  She worked as an intern support teacher by providing instructional support to UCSD interns seeking credentials in mathematics, English, and science.  

In 1998, she returned back to Scripps Ranch High School as she was selected to be a vice principal after earning her administrative credential.  Her assignment at Scripps included designing the master schedule, athletics administrator, and the administrator over the special education dept. as she continued to grow in her ability to lead others.  Her strong professional development background in mathematics served her well as she chaired the WACS accreditation and served on the SRHS Cluster and Governance teams.

In 2003, she was selected as the principal at De Portola Middle School. Under her leadership, de Portola earned the distinction as a School to Watch in 2006 by the California League of Middle Schools.  This continuous improvement model allowed Mrs. Gillingham the opportunity to drive change that ultimately drove test scores towards improvement over time.  

In 2013, Listy Gillingham was named the principal at Henry High School where she currently serves.  During her tenure, Henry has been named a Golden Ribbon School by the state of California and the Engineering dept. earned a Golden Bell by the California School Boards Association.  She is a committed community leader building relationships across the cluster by encouraging parent engagement on a variety of levels.  She is committed towards building a collaborative teaching community by putting into place Professional Learning Communities with a focus to create student-centered learning across the campus.   She is often found at many PHHS functions whether it is cheering the athletic teams to victory or applauding the fine arts programs for a wonderful performance.  

Education

•San Diego State University– Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies emphasis in mathematics

•San Diego State University – Mathematics Credential

•United States International University – Masters of Education and Administrative Credential

Awards and Recognition

•State of California Golden Ribbon Award for Henry High School, 2014

•Women Who Move the City Award, San Diego Magazine, 2013

•Golden Bell Award for Henry’s Engineering Program, 2013

•Taking Center Stage: California School to Watch Model Middle School award in 2006 and re-designation for 2009 and 2012

•Service Award from the California League of Middle Schools

•PTSA Continuing Honorary Service Award at Scripps Ranch High School, 2003

•USIU Outstanding Masters of Arts Education Educational Administration award, 1998

•Nominated for “Hats Off to Teachers” award from SRHS, 1997

•GSDMC - Outstanding Jr. High Mathematics Teacher of the Year (runner up), 1992

•Excel Teaching Award Winner, 1990

•SDUSD Mentor Teacher, 1989

•PTSA Honorary Service Award at Standley Junior High School, 1998

•Standley Jr. High School's Teacher of the Year Award, 1990

•SDUSD Mentor Teacher , 1989

•PTSA Honorary Service Award at Standley Junior High School, 1988

 

Professional Activities

•Presented at various conferences throughout the United States (i.e. National Schools to Watch, 

California League of Middle Schools (SD and San Jose), National School-to-Watch Conference, 

Greater San Diego Math Conference, California Mathematics Council Annual Conference, etc.)

•National Speaker of the Bureau of Educational Research on “Integrating Applied Learning Standards with Geometry and Algebra Curriculum”

 

Interests and Activities

•Marathon Runner (over 35 marathons or ultra-marathon races over the last 20 years)

 

 

Elizabeth “Listy” Gillingham has been an employee for the San Diego Unified School District for over 35 years.  She began her service as a math instructor at Standley Junior High School in 1982 teaching mostly 8th grade algebra classes and participating in various school leadership roles.  She was the mathematic chairperson, on their SSC and Governance teams, and Standley’s PTSA staff representative. 

In 1993, she was selected as part of the inaugural staff to kick off Scripps Ranch High School as a high school math teacher.  She later was selected as the Engineering Resource Teacher to support the Youth Apprenticeship Grant and served on the administrative team with grant writing, job shadowing programing, and WASC accreditation assignments. 

In 1996, she moved to UCSD as a SDUSD resource teacher on special assignment.  She worked as an intern support teacher by providing instructional support to UCSD interns seeking credentials in mathematics, English, and science. 

In 1998, she returned back to Scripps Ranch High School as she was selected to be a vice principal after earning her administrative credential.  Her assignment at Scripps included designing the master schedule, athletics administrator, and the administrator over the special education dept. as she continued to grow in her ability to lead others.  Her strong professional development background in mathematics served her well as she chaired the WACS accreditation and served on the SRHS Cluster and Governance teams.

In 2003, she was selected as the principal at De Portola Middle School. Under her leadership, de Portola earned the distinction as a School to Watch in 2006 by the California League of Middle Schools.  This continuous improvement model allowed Mrs. Gillingham the opportunity to drive change that ultimately drove test scores towards improvement over time. 

In 2013, Listy Gillingham was named the principal at Henry High School where she currently serves.  During her tenure, Henry has been named a Golden Ribbon School by the state of California and the Engineering dept. earned a Golden Bell by the California School Boards Association.  She is a committed community leader building relationships across the cluster by encouraging parent engagement on a variety of levels.  She is committed towards building a collaborative teaching community by putting into place Professional Learning Communities with a focus to create student-centered learning across the campus.   She is often found at many PHHS functions whether it is cheering the athletic teams to victory or applauding the fine arts programs for a wonderful performance. 

Education

  • San Diego State University– Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies emphasis in mathematics
  • San Diego State University – Mathematics Credential
  • United States International University – Masters of Education and Administrative Credential

Awards and Recognition

·         State of California Golden Ribbon Award for Henry High School, 2014

·         Women Who Move the City Award, San Diego Magazine, 2013

·         Golden Bell Award for Henry’s Engineering Program, 2013

·         Taking Center Stage: California School to Watch Model Middle School award in 2006 and re-designation for 2009 and 2012                            

·         Service Award from the California League of Middle Schools                                                        

  • PTSA Continuing Honorary Service Award at Scripps Ranch High School, 2003
  • USIU Outstanding Masters of Arts Education Educational Administration award, 1998                   
  • Nominated for “Hats Off to Teachers” award from SRHS, 1997                                        
  • GSDMC - Outstanding Jr. High Mathematics Teacher of the Year (runner up), 1992                       
  • Excel Teaching Award Winner, 1990                                                                                          
  • SDUSD Mentor Teacher, 1989
  • PTSA Honorary Service Award at Standley Junior High School, 1998
  • Standley Jr. High School's Teacher of the Year Award, 1990
  • SDUSD Mentor Teacher , 1989                                                                                     
  • PTSA Honorary Service Award at Standley Junior High School, 1988       

 

Professional Activities

·         Presented at various conferences throughout the United States (i.e. National Schools to Watch,

California League of Middle Schools (SD and San Jose), National School-to-Watch Conference,

Greater San Diego Math Conference, California Mathematics Council Annual Conference, etc.)     

·         National Speaker of the Bureau of Educational Research on “Integrating Applied Learning Standards with Geometry and Algebra Curriculum”                                                      

           

Interests and Activities

 

·         Marathon Runner (over 35 marathons or ultra-marathon races over the last 20 years)