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Whitefish Christian Academy Community,

Please join me in welcoming Burton and Corey Gildersleeve to the academy where they will serve respectively as Director of Athletics and Marketing, and Department Chair of Science and Mathematics. Burton and Corey come to us from the prestigious Jackson Hole Classical Academy. Both candidates bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our school.


As a point guard, Burton led his Chatham, NJ, high school team to a 31-2 season and won a state championship. Burton went on to play college ball at Maine's Colby University where he earned the B.A. and received the Walker Grant for excellence in Latin American Studies. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Burton then obtained a Certificate in Marketing from Cornell University, expertise he used as Senior Marketing Consultant in domestic and foreign partnerships with brands such as Ralph Lauren and Vera Bradley. More recently, Burton coached basketball at Jackson Hole Classical Academy where he also taught upper-level Spanish, wrote marketing and admission plans, wrote and edited school communications across all media channels, and guided the admissions process. As our Director of Athletics and Marketing, Burton will oversee all aspects of those school programs.


Corey Gildersleeve also hails from Colby College where she earned her B.S. with a double major in biology and environmental science. She completed her Masters of Science in Education at Johns Hopkins University with a double major in science and mathematics. Before moving to Jackson Hole Classical Academy where she taught biology, environmental science, and Singapore Math, Corey taught for Miami-Dade Public Schools where she received the highest rating for teaching effectiveness and won the Thomas Easton Prize for Science teaching. She was also nominated for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Miami-Dade, Corey taught all levels of biology including Advanced Placement and was head volleyball coach. Prior to that tenure, Corey was Director of Mathnasium in Palmetto Bay, FL, where she oversaw operation of a math center that enrolled 80-120 students in grades 2-12, oversaw 15 instructors, directed implementation of math curriculum, designed unique learning plans for each student, and provided ongoing training for instructors. As our Department Chair of Science and Mathematics, Corey will teach all upper-level science classes at the academy, and oversee and evaluate our Math and Science curricula.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Hal Brunson

 

School Update

Whitefish Christian Academy Community,


As the school year winds down, we want to thank you and all the teachers for the unexpected efforts everyone has put towards our children’s education; we know our families and community have experienced difficult transitions, and we hope for a relaxed and fun-filled summer.  We also want to provide a few thoughts going into the summer about the 2020-2021 school year, which is currently scheduled to begin on campus, Tuesday, September 8.

The administration and board will be monitoring the local situation with the coronavirus pandemic closely through the summer and developing plans to safely open the campus this fall. We will address the following:

  • Social distancing

  • Proper indoor and outdoor disinfecting protocols

  • Appropriateness of masks

  • Screening students and staff

  • On campus access for parents, guardians, and visitors

  • Guidelines for staying at home with illness; continued learning opportunities for extended absences

  • Keeping our high-risk individuals safe

  • Extracurricular activities


We believe it is important to prepare for the many possible scenarios when the school year begins in the fall. In an effort to do so, teachers will be trained on a selected remote learning platform that will be used throughout the school if necessary. The goal is to have the students back in the classroom, yet we need to be prepared for different scenarios. We will base our decisions about an open campus on the most current directives from the Governor and guidance from the CDC and the Flathead City-County Health Department.


In an effort to offer our students the best educational experience, our teachers will be in contact with one another to learn where each student finished the school year. Each student’s upcoming teacher will be prepared to match the level of schoolwork with where the students left off and will be ready to work with each student to get them on track by the end of 2020-2021 school year. 


Again, our goal is to return to school at 100% capacity, but we can only do this under the guidance of our health officials when the time comes in the fall. We look forward to seeing everyone and will be in touch in the back half of this summer with more details.


Best,

WCA Board

Dr. Hal Brunson

 

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