Meet our new Director at St Giles San Francisco – Virginia Delgado!
St Giles sadly said goodbye to Megan McEnulty, who was the director at our San Francisco school for a long time. Although we were sad to lose such a valuable member of the St Giles family, we welcomed a fresh new face who we believe will exceed in her new role. Virginia Delgado previously worked at ELS in Rhode Island, so after accepting the director position at St Giles San Francisco, she had to relocate to the sunny west coast! We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.
Thank you! I am very excited to be here. I am happy to say that I’ve settled in comfortably both in the city and at the school. St. Giles San Francisco has shown itself to be a warm and inviting environment. The school is impressive with four beautiful floors and a café that serves as the center of social interaction amongst students, teachers and staff. I’ve also been very impressed by the professionalism of the teachers and how they are so committed to what they do.
You previously worked at ELS in Rhode Island. How does your experience so far compare with your experiences in the past?
Although I truly enjoyed my role at ELS, I find that working for St. Giles allows me greater opportunity for creating initiatives and bringing about positive change. I welcome the challenges involved in growing our school and building a team that thrives in a culture of working cooperatively to give our students the most rewarding experience.
You relocated to the other side of the country! Are you originally from California or is life in San Francisco very new for you? What is your favourite thing about living in San Francisco?
I am completely new to San Francisco and California for that matter. I am originally from the New York City area, and apart from periods of time living abroad, I’ve always lived on the east coast. I’ve discovered several things I love about living in San Francisco – the weather, historical architecture and artistic culture.
If you were to suggest one “must see” or “must do” to one of your students in San Francisco, what would it be?
It may not sound exciting, but a trip to City Lights Bookstore in North Beach is a beautiful experience. One steps back in time and gets a sense of the city’s literary history. The building is beautiful and you couldn’t ask for a more complete bookstore. The neighbourhood also offers so much to see and delicious Italian cuisine. A great place to take a stroll.
Is there anything you want to say to potential students?
At St. Giles San Francisco, we believe that every component of a student’s experience will make a lasting impact on their life. From the friends they make and the activities they join, to the teachers they have and the culture they’re exposed to – every aspect of the experience contributes to widening the perspectives of all students. International education is the greatest way to bridge gaps and build a global community, and all of us at St. Giles San Francisco are very proud to be a part of that experience. We look forward to welcoming you!
Thank you Virginia, and we look forward to seeing you excel as the director at St Giles New York City!