Shirley Gibson


I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Secondary Teaching Credential. During the early years of my teaching career, when my children were young, I spent time as a substitute teacher for grades seven through twelve. During this time I also had the opportunity to volunteer at my children’s school, both in the classroom and as a librarian. As my children got older, I made the decision to go back to teaching full time and spent twenty-seven years teaching English at the high school level.
After retiring as a high school English teacher I wanted to do more in the field of education. As an educator in the public school system, I recognized the need for equipping children with a strong academic foundation, but more importantly, the need for equipping children with a strong spiritual foundation. For this reason, I was drawn to the work being done at Hillside Christian Academy where the needs of the whole child are met. I strongly believe that each child is special and a unique gift from God and as educators we have been called to help children develop the necessary skills needed to grow both academically and spiritually.