Owls, meet your new principal! Jonathan Gillig will lead John McCandless for the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Gillig has been with #LincolnUnifiedSchoolDistrict for more than two decades. He spent 15 years teaching AP US History & Integrated Studies at Lincoln High School, where he also served as the social science department head. He then started working at the district level as an instructional coach before becoming the director of digital instruction for LUSD.
Through this role, Mr. Gillig was instrumental in helping students and staff through distance learning early in the pandemic.
One of Mr. Gillig's biggest takeaways from his time with LUSD is "Compassion goes a long way. He's learned this at Lincoln High, the Lincoln Unified district office, & as an assistant principal atColonial Heights & Lincoln Elementary. Since each family comes from a different environment, Mr. Gillig says it's essential to learn where they're coming from and build trust. That's how he is approaching his job as principal for JohnMcCandless.
Mr. Gillig believes that JMC's project-based learningand the core values of STEM instruction are essential to creating learners who are ready to face challenges. As principal, he will promote and adapt to the variety of learners in the John McCandless community. He aims to champion the diversity of his student body while creating more opportunities for students, parents and staff to join together in person.
Mr. Gillig says, "My door is always open, and I believe strongly in the power of relationships ….. they're at the heart of what makes our school successful.”
Welcome to John McCandless, Mr. Gillig! Here's to a wonderful 2022-23 school year!