Meet the Principal


Cory Gildersleeve, Interim Principal corygildersleeve

Cory Gildersleeve comes to the Ypsilanti Community Schools with extensive teaching, coaching and administrative experience. As a student-athlete, he received his Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, Cory had a very successful career playing middle linebacker for the Chippewas.  He distinguished himself as a player by tying the all-time CMU record for most tackles in a single game, was named Most Outstanding Linebacker, All-MAC Linebacker, Team MVP, and a finalist for the MVP of the MAC Conference. Off the field, he was on the academic honor roll for three semesters.

While completing his Master’s Degree through Marygrove College, he was honored with three Who’s Who Amongst America’s Teachers awards and was also named Honorable Mention Coach of the Year and Region in Monroe County. As a football coach, he has won a Conference, Regional, and State Title.

He most recently earned his Administrative Certificate through Eastern Michigan University’s Specialist Degree Program. In doing this, he was able to work with both Dr. Ben Edmondson and Mr. Tyrone Weeks as an administrative intern at the Roberto Clemente Developmental Center and the A2 Technical High School Campus. He then continued on with administrative work for the Ann Arbor Public Schools at the Pathways To Success High School Campus as a lead teacher, building Principal (when called upon), Discipline/Detention Chair and PBIS Co-Chair. He was also on the Equity Team at Pattengill Elementary and spent time as a member of the Washtenaw County Task Force for at-risk youth.

His wife Barb Gildersleeve is a teacher consultant and summer ESY Principal for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. In their free time they enjoy traveling together and spending time with their four children Kevin (who is currently training at the Olympic Center in Colorado for wrestling), Kennedy (who runs cross country and track at Michigan St), CJ (a sophomore football player and track athlete at Saline HS) and Ty (who is about to begin middle school).