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Principal's Message & Welcome Letter

Dear Gilbert Academy of Creative Arts Community,                                                  Mr. John Ramirez Pilotin`s profile picture


I am honored to serve the Gilbert Community with great humility and look forward to an incredible school year. Together, we will build trust and collaborative relationships to ensure equity, and inclusion, foster creativity and increase student achievement.


I grew up on the north shore of Maui. My wife is a CCSD school counselor, and we have two children. I enjoy running every morning and playing basketball and the guitar. I also love writing songs, singing, traveling, and spending time with my family. I have been an avid L.A Rams, Lakers, and Dodgers fan since the age of 7.


As a former special education teacher, I sincerely believe every student can succeed, given the proper support. Therefore, as an instructional leader, I will ensure that every staff member has the teaching tools, support, and arts-integrated strategies for continuous improvement to impact student outcomes positively. Additionally, I value engaging the entire school community to share their ideas, values, and beliefs to promote a shared vision of excellence for our Gilbert Community.

Arts Integration Develops Understanding

"The Standards assist students with learning facts; arts integration helps students grow in their potential of understanding these facts."


Why arts integration?


I will establish partnerships by listening and learning from all stakeholders in the upcoming school year. I will build trust by displaying my competencies as a servitude leader, explicitly engaging in collaborative conversations designed to honor our focus on arts integration and student achievement. Additionally, a focus area will be establishing the HOUSE System aligned to positive behavior supports. The Ron Clark Academy House System is a dynamic, exciting, and proven way to create a positive climate and culture for students and staff. Using RCA's methods and Gilbert's rich history will enhance our school's implementation processes that build character, relationships, and school spirit.


Finally, I will strive for excellence by ensuring students reach their highest potential.  Together we will celebrate the past, treasure the present, and write our story for the future with our precious students. Everyone has gifts and a unique story.


I look forward to a wonderful school year. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me and take care.




John R. Pilotin

2101 W. Cartier Ave.

North Las Vegas, NV, 89032

(702) 799-4730

[email protected]


Master of Arts: Educational Policy And Leadership      
The University of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV
Master of Arts: Special Education      
The University of Hawaii At Manoa - Honolulu, HI
Clark County School District/ Harvard Cohort in School Management and Leadership


Assistant Principal's Message:

Dear Gilbert Families,Assistant Principal Michelle Wright

My name is Michelle Wright, and I am so excited for the school year!  I am humbly honored to serve the community and students of Gilbert Elementary School. I am originally from Illinois, and I have been in the field of education for over 25 years. Prior to my experience as an Assistant Principal, I was a Performance Zone Instructional Coach Project Facilitator, a Literacy Specialist, and an Elementary Teacher serving “at-risk”, Title I schools for Clark County School District. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master’s Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration.  I am elated to bring my skills as an instructional leader to Gilbert Academy and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success. My family is essential to me, and I have a wonderful family who consumes the majority of my time when I am not working. Among my passions are reading, practicing yoga, and traveling.  

I bring a wide range of experiences to my role as an assistant principal. Most importantly, I believe high expectations and relationships can transform a student’s life and steer it in a positive direction. I am a firm believer in building strong relationships with students, parents, staff, and the community.  I will work hard to provide a caring, committed, and achievement-focused environment for each student to achieve and grow. Through a close and collegial partnership, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of Gilbert Academy the best opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs through the Arts that are necessary to reach their full potential.

My door is always open and I welcome your input, as I believe teamwork and open communication are very important.   Together we will continue to ensure a positive and productive learning environment for our students. I’m committed to fostering an atmosphere of trust where all voices are valued and all decisions are made putting students first. 


Michelle Wright