Hello Gilbert Spruance Families,

My name is Patrica Garnica, and I am the new Principal of Gilbert Spruance Elementary School. Throughout my career, I have held teaching, central office administration, and building administration positions in the School District of Philadelphia. Throughout all of my roles, my focus has been rigorous instruction and creating safe and effective classroom environments in both early education and middle years education.

I joined the Spruance community in second grade as an immigrant girl from Peru. I did not know any English, and at the time, my two cousins were the only other children in the school who looked and talked like me. I learned how to speak English at Spruance Elementary School, and because of the dynamic teachers I had at Spruance, I learned to read and write in English. Our staff continues to be dynamic and dedicated to every student that walks through our door. I am a proud Latina who is a product of the School district of Philadelphia and a proud alumnus of Spruance Elementary School. I will serve our community with passion, determination and advocate for our children.
I am excited to begin working with you and our dedicated staff to ensure your child’s academic and developmental growth.

When visiting Spruance, please feel free to introduce yourself to me.

In Partnership,

Principal Garnica

Spruance is going CASHLESS for class trips and 8th Grade dues!  Register for School Cash Online here:

We accept VISA, Master Card, Discover and American Express!  Apple and Samsung Pay are coming soon!