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Sallie Warmath

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

At McGillis since 2005

 

Contact Sallie Warmath: swarmath@mcgillisschool.org

 

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

 

Bio:

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

 

As McGillis celebrates its 30th anniversary, what is a memory you would like to share with our community?

One of my favorite memories is when we were building the "new" building (2009-2010)  when Haiti suffered a huge earthquake.  Some Middle School kids wanted to do something to help and we (very spur of the moment!) organized "Hotcakes for Haiti."  Here we were with no kitchen that year and parents and students brought griddles, pancake mix, all the utensils, paper plates, napkins, and maple syrup.  We set up hotcake stations all over the historic building and the community came together and paid for a delicious hotcakes dinner.  We were eating all over the hallways and classrooms and all the proceeds went to help the citizens of Haiti.

 

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?

My wish is that the next 30 years will be even more exciting and forward thinking for the Independent School community of Salt Lake City.

 

I am currently reading:

Heart in the Right Place: a memoir, Carolyn Jourdan

 

Favorite McGillis lunch:

Veggie Curry

 

Favorite McGillis tradition:

Class trips in Middle School

 

Favorite McGillis moment:

My favorite McGillis Moment happens every year when the new Kindergarteners get dropped off on the first day of school.  I love the tears of the parents and knowing that their children will be cared for and loved for the next nine years.

 

The defining moment that led you to your career in education:

My grandmother asking me in 1983 why I wasn't teaching after I complained to her about the jobs I had in the for-profit world since 1980. I flew back to SLC from Florida, immediately enrolled in the Elementary Ed program at the U of U, and was teaching by 1985.

 

What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?

My Middle and High School math teacher, Bob Satterfield, ALWAYS being there for me no matter what when I struggled with everything to do with math but especially algebra.  His patience, kindness, and TOTAL belief in me made all the difference in those formative years.