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Posted on Apr 1, 2019

Wenatchee educator is QSD’s next director of teaching and learning

Alicen Gaytley, the assistant director for instructional programs at the Wenatchee School District has been named the next director of teaching and learning in Quincy School District.
John Boyd, superintendent of Quincy public schools, made the announcement on March 25, calling Gaytley someone who displays “a clear and articulate vision for the position of Director of Teaching and Learning, and articulated a plan to help students, teachers and administration to achieve Quincy’s promise.”
A “delighted” Gaytley calls the new job “an opportunity I really look forward to.”
“I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to help Quincy and the great leadership team as well as all the students and teachers there.”
Gaytley’s contract starts July 1 this year. She beat out two other finalists for the job, Sheila Garrish, of Lynnwood, and Colleen Frerks, of Quincy. Gaytley will replace Dr. Amy Torrens-Harry, who will retire at the end of the school year due to health reasons.
As director, Gaytley said, she will not seek to “reinvent the wheel” but instead seek to build upon what she described as great work started by her predecessor.
“I have been really impressed with Dr. Amy,” Gaytley said.
After one year on the job, Gaytley said she would like to look back and see teachers feeling empowered to help students, and seeing results.
“I hope to have all teachers at all levels be able to celebrate small accomplishments within the first year, with more students achieving at high levels,” she said.
Asked what made her the top choice, she said her experience working with teachers to get high results for students.
“I have worked with all levels, K-12, and I have specific experience with GLAD (Guided Learning Acquisition Design) and the Marzano instructional framework,” she said, referring to a teacher-evaluation model named after the author of “The Art and Science of Teaching,” Robert Marzano. “I have done a lot of work around that, supporting teachers in getting achievement results and closing the achievement gap,” she added.
Working with someone who also applied for her job will not be a problem, Gaytley predicted.
“She’s very committed to our mission,” she said of Frerks, the principal of Ancient Lakes Elementary. “I’m quite sure we will be able to build a relationship that ensures we have successful students.”
A graduate of Puyallup’s Rogers High School and Grand Canyon University, where she earned her master’s degree in elementary education, Gaytley will earn her administrator credentials from Washington State University this spring.
This spring, Wenatchee played Quincy in a soccer match, the day before she met with the Quincy community as a candidate for the T&L job. After she got the job, she was asked whom she would root for.
“I will always have a little bit of (Wenatchee) Panther in me,” she said. “But all I can say now is ‘Go Jacks!’ ”

By Sebastian Moraga,