BA, University of Pennsylvania
A native of Boston, Massachusetts Giselle graduated magna cum laude from St. Andrew’s in 2003 where she served on the Honor and Disciplinary Committees, was awarded prizes in Classics, History, and English, and received the Robert H. Stegeman Award for intellectual leadership and the William H. Cameron Award for outstanding service to the school.
Giselle graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Classics and American History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she also developed a passion for both Bronze Age Aegean archaeology and plantation archaeology in the American South. During college Giselle lived abroad in Athens and conducted research on archaeological sites in Santorini, Maecenae, Crete, and atop the Acropolis.
Giselle continued her study of Classics at UCLA and was awarded the Livingston Fellowship and Chancellor’s Prize during the 2007-2008 academic year. While at UCLA she tutored students in Latin and Ancient Greek, enjoying teaching so much that she choose to take on the profession full time as an English language teacher in Prague, Czech Republic. Living in Prague afforded Giselle many opportunities to travel, visit Roman ruins in Eastern Europe, and gain her TEFL teaching certification.
In 2009 Giselle returned to the Philadelphia area to teach levels one through AP in Latin, across grades six through twelve. She coached cross country, track and field, and basketball at the middle and upper school levels. Giselle also attended Stanford’s d-school K-12 Lab and the Klingenstein Summer Institute in 2010. Her summer work at Klingenstein led her to pursue Master of Arts in Private School Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College, which she completed in 2013. Giselle’s curiosity and commitment to professional development has also led her to present original work at EdCamp Philly, the Emerging Learning Design Conference at Montclair University, and the NAIS People of Color Conference.
At St. Andrew’s Giselle chairs the Classical Languages department, teaches a section of U.S. History, and serves as the Dean of Diversity Education. She also coaches girls basketball and is a dorm parent for junior girls. In the summer of 2015 with Emily Pressman and Ana Ramirez, Giselle co-founded the St. Andrew’s Summer Institute (SASI). SASI engages a small cohort of faculty each summer in new thinking, research, collaboration, and reflection on our work as teachers, advisors, counselors, dorm parents and coaches. Giselle is an avid reader, technology enthusiast, and music lover who currently resides on L Dorm with her daughter Devon, husband and fellow Classics teacher Matt McAuliffe and their dog Hector.