Ms. Alison Gillespie, Associate Principal at Wayzata High School | Urban Education Leaders Program | Organization and Leadership

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Dr. Alison  Gillespie

Dr. Alison Gillespie

Associate Principal at Wayzata High School (WHS) in Plymouth, Minnesota

Dr. Gillespie, UELP graduate from 2013 cohort, is the Associate Principal at Wayzata High School (WHS) in Plymouth, Minnesota. WHS is the largest high school in Minnesota with over 3,400 students. At Wayzata, Dr. Gillespie oversees over 60 teachers in the following departments: English, World Language, and English Learner along with leading the alternative learning center programs within the high school. She leads a support team of professionals to provide support to over 1,200 students and families. Along with her duties at WHS, Dr. Gillespie also assists district administration in oversight of the K-12 summer school and K-12 ALC programs. Among her primary responsibilities at WHS is partnering with teacher leaders on the school instructional team to provide guidance to Professional Learning Communities. Dr. Gillespie's dissertation research examines how to do this effectively and efficiently in large high schools.  

Ms. Gillespie obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Middle/Secondary Education and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2000, her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English as a Second Language from Arizona State University, and her Master’s of Education in Organizational Leadership from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City.

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