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.
Joseph Eye – Director of Culture and 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.
Rosella D’Urso – Director of Organizational Development
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.
Vanessa Nguyen- Executive Administrative Assistant to C.E.O
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!
Jaime Patterson – Executive Administrative Assistant to D.O.D
I am the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of Organizational Development (DOD). I joined the Gillingham family in May 2017. My areas of responsibility include Human Resources, Bookkeeping, Substitute Teachers and other tasks related to school operations to assist the DOD. Before Gillingham, I worked for several years as a Human Resources & Teacher Certification Specialist at a school district in Maryland. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. In my free time, I like to go on outdoor adventures and take day trips with my son.
Tara Cromis – Student Life Coordinator
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.
Andrew Moran – Enrollment and Communications Coordinator
Hey! I am new to the Gillingham family, joining May 2017, and I currently serve as the Enrollment and Communications Coordinator. I was born in Brooklyn, New York but have lived near the Reading area for the past 15 years. In 2016, I graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Journalism. Outside of Gillingham, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, music and sports.
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.
Edie Cromis – Facilities Manager
I was born and raised in Hawaii. In 1985, my husband Scott and I moved to Pennsylvania, and I am proud to call Pottsville home. We’ve been married for 30 years. I love my work as a Teacher’s Aide and Garden Club Advisor. I am also a Floral Designer and 16-year co-owner of Designs by Edie Flower Shop in Minersville, PA. My husband and I have three dogs: Lizzy Loo, Scruffy, and Scooter.