• David Solz, Principal, Gilchrist Elementary School

    David Solz
    Gilchrist Principal

    Mr. David Solz is a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.

    Mr. Solz has enjoyed over twenty years in the field of education as an Elementary School Teacher, EDEP Director and Administrator. Mr. Solz was appointed Principal at Gilchrist Elementary on July 1, 2009.

    David has two children, Sarah and Ben.

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    Welcome Message from Mr. Solz:

    Gilchrist Elementary School has a rich history of excellence, and I am proud to continue that tradition together. We are here to serve the children of Gilchrist, and I know that if we work together, parents, teachers, staff and community members, our students will have a fantastic learning experience. I am also aware of challenges that face our children and community each day. I know that if we confront those challenges in an open positive way the children at Gilchrist will be rewarded.

    We are about to embark on an extraordinary journey together as our school year begins. I want to thank those of you who support the children and families of Gilchrist Elementary School. You are always appreciated and welcome as an important part of the Gilchrist community.

    Mr. David Solz
    Gilchrist Elementary School



    April Knight
    Gilchrist Assistant Principal

    Ms. April Knight graduated from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education and a Master of Education in Education Leadership from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

    She is a native of Tallahassee who began her career as an educator in 2002 as a high school English and Reading teacher with Leon County Schools. Her professional career has included service as a reading coach, graduation coach, dean, and TCC adjunct instructor. Most recently, Ms. Knight served the learning communities of R. Frank Nims Middle School and Griffin Middle School as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum.

    Ms. Knight enjoys mentoring and traveling.

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    Welcome Message from Ms. Knight:

    I’m excited to join the Gilchrist Grizzly family! It is a privilege to support our learning community in fostering quality teaching and learning to produce successful learning experiences. Together, we will continue Gilchrist’s rich tradition of providing high quality instruction to develop lifelong learning.

    Through the collaborative efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and community members, our children will have an awesome learning experience.

    Wishing each of you a successful school year.

    Ms. Knight



  • Sumner

    Melissa Sumner
    Gilchrist Assistant Principal

    Mrs. Melissa Sumner graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Master of Education Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. After moving to Tallahassee, she earned a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from The Florida State University.

    Mrs. Sumner began her educational career in 2001 as a Social Studies teacher. Her professional career expanded to include program coordinator at two of Leon County's career academies, administrative team at virtual school, and Assistant Principal at Fort Braden School. Melissa and her husband Chris have two wonderful children, Emily and Carter.

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    Welcome Message from Mrs Sumner:

    It is my pleasure to serve our students as Assistant Principal of Gilchrist Elementary School, and I am thrilled to become a Gilchrist Grizzly! It is truly an honor to be a part of this exciting and wonderful community; one that regularly reflects on past performance, analyzes ways to improve, and strives for excellence and devotion to lifelong learning. It is my responsibility as Assistant Principal to help support our amazing staff and ensure each student is successful and has a rewarding educational experience. I hope you are as excited about the upcoming school year as I am, and I look forward to seeing you on campus!

    Mrs. Melissa Sumner
    Assistant Principal
    Gilchrist Elementary School