Alyssa Gillis is originally from Hilton Head, SC. She gradated from Furman University in 2013 after studying abroad in Chile and doing travel study programs in Latin America and Europe. After graduation she volunteered for 18 months with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Mexico, an orphanage in southern Mexico currently serving over 800 orphaned and abandoned children. While there, she worked as an English as a foreign language teacher, assistant special education teacher, and as a caregiver, helping with a dorm of 3rd-5th grade boys. She has also worked as a tutor at Hilton Head Island High School, helping with math and reading for English as a Second Language students. She has a passion for Latin America, and especially Mexico, that she shares with her students through cultural lessons, projects, and activities. While at TBCS, she has also been the JV girls volleyball coach and the assistant girls soccer coach. For the 2016-2017 school year she will serve as the adviser for the Spanish National Honor Society. She has enjoyed her first year teaching at TBCS and is excited to return next year.
What do you like about teaching at TBCS?
I love teaching at TBCS because it is a great work environment! The students are very respectful and interested in learning, the faculty/staff are supportive and caring, and the parents are always spoiling us with treats! I love seeing the bond between students and teachers grow in the class and in extracurricular activities to the point where our students become like our own children. I couldn't imagine a better place to have completed my first year teaching and can't wait to return for the next school year!