Belleville Mennonite School is pleased to report that Dr. Michael Giglio has been hired as the superintendent and joined us on September 5, 2018. After much prayer and a thorough search, God has divinely provided once again for BMS, as He continues to shower His faithfulness on the school community.
A superintendent search was in place beginning in the Winter of 2018. Dozens of applications were received with many gifted individuals seeking employment for the position. Dr. Giglio took part in an extensive interview process. This included meeting with the search committee twice, the board of trustees, and several faculty and staff members. It was then discerned that God was leading BMS to invite Dr. Giglio to join us at the school. The board approved Dr. Giglio’s hire on August 27, 2018.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Giglio join us!” remarked a board member. They continued, “Dr. Giglio is a man of Christian character who is thoughtful and tender when working with people. His broad experience in school leadership, teaching, preaching and missions is going to serve our ministry at Belleville Mennonite School very well. Dr. Giglio has the foresight and wisdom to guide BMS to even greater excellence.”
Dr. Giglio earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Columbia International University, Columbia, SC. He received a Master of Arts in Christian Thought from Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL. Dr. Giglio’s Bachelor of Arts degree in history education with a minor in Spanish is from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to his degrees, he has earned permanent teaching certifications from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in all levels principal, secondary social studies and Spanish, and a diploma from New Tribes Missionary Institute.
Dr. Giglio’s outstanding and comprehensive background in education, missionary work and Church ministry will support the mission of Belleville Mennonite School in many valuable and rich ways. He began his career at Timothy Christian School, Piscataway, NJ, as a social studies teacher. Dr. Giglio then served as an elementary principal, teacher, and then a high school administrator at New Life Christian School in South Plainfield, NJ, where he added grades 1-6 and 7-10. Dr. Giglio went on to serve as a missionary with New Tribes Mission working as the head of school and teacher for missionaries’ children at Hope Academy in Colombia, South America where he established grades 9-12. There he taught social studies, Spanish, English, Algebra, and Reentry Seminar. Following service with New Tribes, Dr. Giglio was a missionary with Crossworld in the Dominican Republic where he planted three churches and led Dominican Christian schools to their first membership with ACSI while making 45 trips to Cuba for leadership development and teacher training. In addition, he was then an itinerant preacher to Cuba and Latin America while completing interim and substitute teaching with Union County Public Schools, NC. More recently, Dr. Giglio was a consultant and headmaster of Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH, where the faculty received their first raise in six years and a gymnasium project was revived under his leadership. Most recently, he served as the pastor of Central Baptist Church, Mont Alto, PA.
Dr. Giglios volunteer service involvement over the years includes work as a youth director, baseball chapel chaplain and prison chaplain. He enjoys extensive reading about business and leadership, Biblical studies, theology, church health, education and US history. Dr. Giglio also enjoys historical tours across the eastern United States.
Dr. Giglio is married to Mrs. Sandy Giglio who is an educational therapist. The Giglios have three adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Chambersburg, PA, but desire to relocate to the area soon. We are blessed to have them! Join us in welcoming the Giglios!
The search committee was comprised of the following people: Michael Yoder, Class of ’96, board member, and parent of 4 BMS students; Trevor Weaver, board member and parent of 2 BMS students; Mrs. Glenna Young, interim superintendent, high school and middle school principal and middle school teacher; Mr. Jared Byler, elementary principal and 3rd grade teacher; Mrs. Amanda Yoder, Class of '03, Kindergarten teacher and parent of 2 BMS students; Mr. Jonathan Farley, high school History teacher and parent of 2 BMS students; and R. Ann Kanagy, Class of ’62, former patron and former superintendent.