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Sallie Warmath

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

At McGillis since 2005


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B.A., Art History, University of Utah
B.A., Elementary Education, University of Utah
M.Ed., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Utah


I first began my teaching career in 1985 as a fifth-grade teacher in an Independent School and since that time I have taught 6th English and history and 8th grade US History and Civics. In 2005 I began my career at McGillis as the first Middle School Director and taught 8th grade English and history. In 2010, I became the Assistant Head of School for Admissions, Communications, and Facilities. Then in 2015, I began devoting all of my time to Admissions and Enrollment Management, finding that this is where my passion lies at this point in my career! I am married with 5 adult children and 7 grandchildren, and now just live with my partner, 3 dogs, and 1 cat. In my free time, I am an avid hiker, skier, and traveler.


I am currently reading:
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Lentil Soup


Favorite McGillis tradition:


Favorite McGillis moment:
Watching parents drop off their Kindergarteners on the first day of school


What do you think makes McGillis Different?
I've been a part of multiple independent schools and all have strong communities, but the McGillis community is exceptional.  The values are completely woven into the daily life of the School.  We live, breathe, and nourish ourselves within this truly caring and loving community to raise the children who walk through our doors together.


The defining moment that lead you to your career in education:
My defining moment was a conversation I had with my maternal grandmother in 1983 about my dissatisfaction with my career in the business world. In her most direct Southern way, she asked me, "Sallie, why in the world aren't you a teacher? You've been a teacher since you were a little girl! Why are you wasting your time?" I flew back to Salt Lake and enrolled in the Elementary Education program at the U of U the next week and the rest is history!


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
My most powerful moment was being invited to speak at a retirement celebration for my high school math teacher, 30 years after he taught me. To be able to thank him for the impact and influence he had on my life has been the most powerful moment I've experienced at school.