New directors, principal coach appointed

Posted by Jim Cummings on 5/24/2019

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L-R: Jody Gallimore, Andrea Arellano, Sienna Shively

Alex Garcia new Director Language Acquisition

Alex Garcia was named GESD's new director of Language Acquisition. An educator for more than 20 years, she most recently served as coordinator for language acquisition. She has also served as a teacher, English Language Development teacher and content specialist. Garcia currently serves on multiple state committees on language acquisition. She earned a Barchelor's degree in elementary education from Arizona State University, a Master's degree in administraion and leadership from Grand Canyon University, and a Master's degree in adult education and training from the University of Phoenix.

Executive Director for Behavioral Health and School Safety Named

Dr. Louis Laffitte was approved as the District’s new executive director for behavioral health and school safety. He will oversee the daily functioning of student services, school and district safety, discipline, social and emotional Learning, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Laffitte has been an educator for more than 20 years serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Pepperdine University.

Gallimore Moves Up to Director of Student Services

Jody Gallimore, who has served GESD for more than 30 years, was named the District’s new director of student and family services. She has been serving as coordinator of student services for the last two year. Prior to that Gallimore served GESD as a teacher, district-wide math/science achievement advisor, curriculum and instruction coordinator, assistant principal and principal. She earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in elementary education from Arizona State University.

Arellano New Director of Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health

Andrea Arellano will be the new director for socio-emotional learning and mental health. Arellano — recently named a winner of GESD’s Excellence in Administration Award — brings knowledge and skills of group therapy, socio-emotional learning and mental health that will support the District in this important work.

For the last two years Arellano has served as principal at Discovery School. She has spent her entire career with GESD beginning in 2002. Before being named Discovery’s principal she served as a teacher, librarian, summer school coordinator, social-emotional learning specialist and assistant principal. Arellano earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary educational  and Master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Arizona State University. She also earned a Master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She will start in her new position on July 1.

Shively Named New Principal Coach

Sienna Shively is GESD’s new principal coach for multi-tiered support services and school culture. She has been an educator for more than 20 years, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, and this past year assisted GESD as a curriculum coordinator. Shively earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Phoenix.