Principal’s Message


Hello Patriot Families, 

I am honored and grateful to have been entrusted with the task of serving as the Principal of Wanda Hirsch Elementary School!

I have been in the field of education for my entire career. I joined the staff at Hirsch in 2014 as a 5th grade teacher. Beginning 2017, I became the Assistant Principal of Hirsch and Poet Christian, splitting my time between both schools. I then became the assistant principal at Monte Vista Middle School for a year before returning to Hirsch as Principal in 2021. 

 Our community has always had a strong commitment to excellence. The amazing staff at Hirsch are dedicated to making this commitment a reality by working together to provide a collaborative, inquiry based, learning environment incorporating rigorous thinking and questioning. Of course, we would not be nearly as effective without the strong Hirsch family support. The partnership between parent and school in support of every student is an integral part in making each school year a success for students.

 Helping students feel comfortable at school is also key to their success. Hirsch staff connect to students through modeling positive relationships and creating an environment of empathy and trust. At the same time, we will help students develop a growth mindset to be ready for the challenges that come with learning at a high level. Research tells us that learning in this type of environment leads to increased student achievement. 

This approach to their learning will ensure your children grow into responsible, exceptional, 21st century future leaders. 

Gillian Bradley,  Principal and proud Patriot!