Jillian Gomes is a lifelong New Bedford resident who attended New Bedford Public Schools as well as GNB Voc-Tech where she studied graphic design. After high school she earned her associates degree in liberal arts from the Community College of RI, and then transferred to RIC. She’s joining the Alma team with over 15 years experience as an office manager — her most recent position being a charter school in Fall River. Jillian is also a founding Alma parent with two scholars who attend.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose Alma for my family eight years ago when I heard about the possibility of it opening. The idea of my children being encouraged to become “service minded leaders” moved me. I had never heard anything like it! I chose to work at Alma because this community (scholars, staff and families) is the most energetic, supportive and welcoming group I’ve ever encountered.
What do you hope to contribute?
I hope to utilize my unique perspective as both a charter school OM and an Alma parent to consistently find the best ways to support all scholars, staff and families.
What is your top goal for your first year?
To ensure that all Alma families always feel well informed and welcomed, and are comfortable contacting me whenever they need to.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up, and why?
Mr. Paul Durland , my history teacher from GNB Voc Tech. He was infectiously joyful and energetic. He also sparked my love of local history, and my deep appreciation for New Bedford and the people who make it such an amazing place to live.
Where did you go to college?
I went to CCRI Providence, and my favorite thing about it was how diverse the students and faculty were. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world, as well as attending classes with people of all ages. This experience taught me to see things from many different viewpoints, a reminder of how unique we all are.
What is your favorite book?
A definite tie between A Chance in the World by New Bedford native Steve Pemberton (who I had the pleasure of meeting last summer), and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Where is your favorite place?
South Shore beach in Little Compton, RI