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Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I start my 19th year in education as the new principal of Gentry Middle School (GMS.) I am truly honored to become part of the GMS community, which has already given me such a warm welcome!  I look forward to working with both our staff and our community to create an environment of respect and rapport where all students can thrive.   


My passion for education has led me to earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art History (University of Salamanca, Spain). In addition, I pursued a postgraduate in Education (University of Compostela, Spain), before I completed my Principal endorsement and a doctorate in Educational Leadership (University of Nebraska, Omaha). I met my husband, Oscar, almost 20 years ago when we both were students at the University of Salamanca. He is a Spanish professor at Truman State University, and we both cherish every minute we can spend with our daughter Moira, who is a 4th grader at Mill Creek Elementary!


Accompanying the great sense of excitement as I transition into this new role is a profound sense of duty and commitment to learning about GMS. One of the most important aspects of my work in the upcoming months will be building strong relationships with students, teachers, and families. Please, know that my door will always be open to you, and that I look forward meeting you and your family.


Warm Regards,


Dr. Fairouz Bishara-Rantisi