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Geraldine Wildgoose, of Monticello, is the new principal at Greenville Elementary School (GES), where she is excited to work hand-in-hand with the Greenville community to educate and lead the GES students to success.
Wildgoose's journey to GES has been a long one, and she has gained many accomplishments and experiences under her belt throughout her road to GES.
She attended high school in Taylor County and went on to pursue her Associate's degree at North Florida Junior College. After, she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Family Consumer Science at Florida State University, and finally, her Master's degree in Education Leadership at Southeastern University.
Her teaching career began in the Grand Bahamas, where she taught at a secondary level at Eight Mile Rock High School for seven years. During this time, she introduced a lot of vocational programs to the school, such as culinary arts, agriculture, art and design. The students there also had opportunities to participate in internships.
After Wildgoose returned to Monticello, she began working at Howard Middle School and her administrative career began when she became the Dean of Students. She has also served as Madison County Central School's assistant principal and was also the principal at Jefferson County High School for a year.
In addition, Wildgoose was the testing and transitional specialist at Greenville Hills and also has a background in juvenile justice at DJJ.
Wildgoose is ecstatic about her new position at GES and is embracing the community with open arms. “It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to educate a child,” said Wildgoose. “I like that [Greenville] is a small community. It is a little different than larger schools but it is small enough to invest interest in.”
Wildgoose wants students to really believe in themselves and states that GES aims to produce students that can operate in society and be successful. GES follows the motto "Everyday make an A!"
Helping her make that possible is her “stellar” staff at GES, whom she applauds for all of their hard work and dedication to GES.
Wildgoose is very grateful that the Greenville community has made her feel so welcome. She is especially thankful and honored with the Meet and Greet event that the Madison County Chapter of Charmettes hosted at GES on Wednesday, Aug. 3. “It was a very warm welcome,” said Wildgoose.
When she isn't working, Wildgoose enjoys traveling, getting involved in the Jefferson County community and spending time with her family. She has three children and one grandchild.