Meet Our Staff
Nicolle Hutchinson Nicolle Hutchinson, M.S. Ed, – CEO & Director of Education
During childhood, I discovered my passion for teaching and education. I earned my bachelor of science in elementary education from Lee College and both my Principal Certification and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately, I became a co-founder Gillingham Charter School where we weave Charlotte Mason’s philosophies into a public school school environment. At the heart my personal mission is the idea of educational choice, particularly in an era where private schools are expensive and public schools don’t always meet the needs of individual students. As Charlotte Mason believed in a liberal education for all, so do I.
Rachel Bensinger – Director of Organizational Development
I joined the Gillingham Charter School community in 2014 as the Director of Organizational Development for our school. I direct and oversee the administrative team, human resources, facilities, marketing and finance at Gillingham. Starting 2016, I will be the Coach for our Fencing program and the Coach for our new indoor soccer team.
Joseph Eye – Assistant Director of Ed. & Student Coach
I am Assistant Director of Ed. & Student Coach. I am originally from Schuylkill County. After graduating High School I moved to New York where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Education from Long Island University. The summer of 2015 I moved back to Schuylkill County to be closer to my family. This is my first year as an administrator. Previously I was a teacher of Spanish for six years. I look forward to a successful year.
Vanessa Nguyen- Administrative Assistant to CEO
Hello everyone! My name is Vanessa Nguyen and I am administrative assistant to our CEO/DOE, Nicolle Hutchinson. I was born in Philadelphia but spent my middle school year’s right here in Pottsville! I attended Temple University and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education. Ever since I was in third grade, I knew I wanted to spend my life working in a school environment. I spent a year teaching in Philly before I decided to move back to Schuylkill County to be closer to family. I was fortunate enough to find my place here at Gillingham where every day I get to learn something new and be a part of a school environment that really cares about their staff and students. Some of my interest outside of school is reading graphic novels, studying British history and culture, cooking, and taking care of dog Truffles! I am very excited to continue to learn and grow with the rest of the Gillingham community!
Tara Cromis – Administrative Assistant
Our students know me as Miss Tara. I have been here since we opened our doors in 2011. I have served many roles in the past years here at GCS. My 12-year-old daughter is a 7th Grade student at Gillingham. I grew up in Pottsville and was a veterinary technician for 10 years before GCS. I enjoy the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Roseanne Heckman – Schoolhouse Secretary
I am the full time Schoolhouse Secretary. I have two children and three grandchildren. My daughter who is now a senior has attended Gillingham since the first year it opened. I started working here the second year. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We also love lounging at beach.
Rosella D’Urso- Programs and Compliance Coordinator
I am the Programs and Compliance Coordinator which includes processing all of the State and Federal Reporting data, National Lunch Program, Title I, and I am also the staff and faculty’s “go to person” for help, training, or issues with the Student Management System. I joined the Gillingham Family in April 2016. My previous experience includes 14 years of Payroll Administration/Management, 2 years of Human Resource Administration, and I also have a Computer Technical Support Diploma with a CompTIA Certification. I have been a resident of Schuylkill County for the past eight years with my husband and two sons (16 & 20) and we spend time together working on cars & motorcycles, going to car & bike shows, taking mini-vacations, going to our son’s football games, and watching sports & movies.
Samantha Roy- Student Life Coordinator
I started at Gillingham in July as the Student Life Coordinator. I come from Reading, and I love spending time with my daughter.
Alexandra Catizone- Enrollment and Communications Coordinator
I graduated from Kutztown University in 2014 and joined the Gillingham family in February 2016 as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher. In June 2016 I took on the role of Enrollment and Communications Coordinator. When I am not working I enjoy catching live music, gardening and learning new hobbies.