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Gillespie Named Support Professional of the Year
Gillespie Named Support Professional of the Year
Posted on 09/30/2021
Congratulations to Gwendolyn Gillespie of Georgetown Elementary School for being named IRSD Educational Support Professional of the Year for 2021-2022! 

Gwendolyn is a paraprofessional that works with special needs students in Georgetown Elementary’s Intensive Learning Center (ILC). She is described by colleagues as an exceptional team player whose support has helped numerous students make tremendous gains both academically and socially. She has been praised for the compassion, patience and dedication she exhibits in her work with students and staff. 

“The many students that I’m involved with in the elementary setting are priceless,” Gwendolyn stated. “To know that I’m a part of their learning is beyond words. My philosophy is, and always will be, we as educators have been chosen to make a difference in every student’s life. We must meet the needs of every student who is under our care for the seven and a half hours we are all together during that day.”

The State of Delaware launched this recognition program in 2020 to recognize the exemplary efforts of school employees in a support position. Gwendolyn was chosen as the Indian River School District’s overall winner from a pool of 16 candidates, one from each school and the district office. She will now compete for the 2022 Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year.

IRSD school winners are as follows:

Lynn Baker, Long Neck Elementary School
Sylvia Baker, District Office
Ashley Bennett, Lord Baltimore Elementary School
Jamaal Bivens, Indian River High School 
Eddie Bowen, Millsboro Middle School
Lenny Brittingham, Georgetown Middle School
Chris Budesheim, Howard T. Ennis School
Gwendolyn Gillespie, Georgetown Elementary School (Overall winner)
Esque Hodge, Southern Delaware School of the Arts
Amy Johnson, Selbyville Middle School
Colette Press-Spady, East Millsboro Elementary School 
Cassie Queen, John M. Clayton Elementary School
Randy Ramirez, Sussex Central High School
Tara Richards, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School
Maria Rodriguez, North Georgetown Elementary School
Dan Shively, IRSD Early Learning Center

Congratulations to all of these dedicated IRSD employees!

Gwendolyn Gillespie with assistant principals
Gwendolyn Gillespie (center) with Georgetown Elementary School Assistant Principals Jennifer Orlen (left) and Beth Illian.

Gwen Gillespie
Gwendolyn Gillespie