Staff Updates

Gilbert Public Schools - Connecting, Creating, and Caring

May 13, 2020

Dear GPS Family,

It is still hard to believe that we did not return to our classrooms and offices after spring break as we intended and that we are now closing out the school year in new ways. But, as you have done throughout this time, you all continue to rise to the occasion with creative and innovative solutions. From reverse parades to Webex class parties to virtual graduation ceremonies thank you for showing up to honor the achievements of our students!

This has been an unprecedented time in education, it has been challenging and unfamiliar, but through it all, our Gilbert Public Schools employees have shown what it truly means to connect, create, and care. These last eight weeks of remote learning have been executed with professionalism, dedication, and a depth of caring for our students and families that can't be matched.

Please take some time to read this week's newsletter for important updates and reminders, and thank you again for all you are doing and continue to do to support the education of our children.


Shane McCord, Ed. D.


Connect, Create, Care

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Congratulations to our GPS Retirees!

Please join us in celebrating this year’s Gilbert Public Schools retirees. Thank you all for your incredible service to our district, our schools, and our students.

Agustina DeLaTorre - Ashland Ranch Elementary

Stacie Braun - Augusta Ranch Elementary

Patricia Hellman-Reid - Augusta Ranch Elementary

Gary Rathjen - Boulder Creek Elementary

Judy Engel - Burk Elementary

Terri Jones - Canyon Rim Elementary

Karen Bennett - Career & Technical Education

Donna Luse - Campo Verde High

Jill Harter - Campo Verde High

Teri Schroeder - Campo Verde High

William Wilson - Campo Verde High

Greg Johnson - Desert Ridge High

Joseph Furnari - Desert Ridge High

Marylin Bunger - Desert Ridge High

Bill Golloday - Desert Ridge High

Debra Meyer - Desert Ridge Junior High

Debra VanDusen - Desert Ridge Junior High

Kimberly Freudenthal - Finley Farms Elementary

Diane Wright - Gilbert High

Lisa Madril - Gilbert High

Roberta Sweigart - Gilbert High

Carolyn Gieszl - Greenfield Elementary

Delbert Adair - Greenfield Junior High

Lynn Coulter - Highland High

Mark Lindstrom - Highland High

Gloria Roberts - Highland High

Carol Wayne - Highland High

Vicki Haro - Highland High

Lynn Preble - Highland Junior High

Maureen Beitman - Highland Park Elementary

Nancy Danbury - Highland Park Elementary

Sandy Sprenger - Houston Elementary

Lee Meschino - Islands Elementary

Raenette Lindaman - Islands Elementary

Victoria Eberhart - Islands Elementary

Tom Waechter - Mesquite High

Susan Chamberlain - Mesquite High

Diana Wilson - Mesquite High

Tony Harter - Mesquite Junior High

Gloria Keefe - Mesquite Junior High

Mary Beretta - Mesquite Junior High

Sydney Durrett - Mesquite Junior High

Timothy Lalko - Oak Tree Elementary

Denise Willis - Oak Tree Elementary

Debra Deadmond - Oak Tree Elementary

Dell Emerson - Pioneer Elementary

Judi Eccles - Settler’s Point Elementary

Mary Sink - Settler’s Point Elementary

Dotti Dawn - Sonoma Ranch Elementary

Joan Shaffer - Sonoma Ranch Elementary

Sheri Barlow - South Valley Junior High

Devon Nelson - Spectrum Elementary

Steve Schaible - Technology Services

Bobbie Rosinke - Technology Services

Patty Tofani - Technology Services

Mary Gorodenski - Transportation

Carol Lafnear - Transportation

Sonia Selleck - Food and Nutrition Services

Kiem Allison - Food and Nutrition Services

Vyla Forsgren - Food and Nutrition Services

Nancy Boothe - Patterson Elementary

Jose Guevara - Operations

Luis Corvera - Operations

Kimberly DeMoss - Finance

Dana Modzeleski - Purchasing

Karol Goodwin - Office of Talent Management

Gilbert Feeding Families Food Drive

In coordination with many community groups, The Town of Gilbert has scheduled a Gilbert Feeding Families Community Wide Food Drive. May 15 – 17 from 7:00 am -5:00 pm there will be 21 collection/drop off donation sites. If you are able to assist to help make this food drive a success please visit for more information.

Pay For Performance

Today (5/13) was the last PLC Data Team session for the year. Congratulations on finishing strong (even if it was remotely)! Pay for Performance stipends will be processed over the next few weeks and will be available on or before June 18, via a special payroll run. The pre-tax amount for those eligible for the full stipend are $1146 for participation in the PLC Data Team process and $807 for the Performance Pay tied to your evaluation. Thank you for your commitment to this process and to learner-centered instructional planning. Have a great last week with your students and enjoy the summer!

Professional Growth and Development Team