“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates
At GAC, we understand that learning never ends. On top of the formal education and years of experience they bring to the table, our faculty are always hungry for more knowledge and training as the profession evolves. In fact, 76% of them hold an advanced degree. GAC offers the professional and financial support to make this possible for our teachers.
Gerry Hill, who teaches 10th and 11th grade English and coaches both HS and MS golf, just earned an Ed. D. from Piedmont College in Curriculum and Instruction. His dissertation was entitled “The Impact of Teacher Attitudes on the Implementation of Standards-Based Grading Systems.”
“I viewed the process as a “bucket list” item, but also as a way to challenge myself professionally. Completing this degree helped me to gain a deeper perspective on best educational practices in order to discover ways to help my students succeed. It is a great relief to be done, but I am also excited to see what the future holds,” Gerry said.
Gerry has taught at GAC for 18 years and says his most treasured aspect of being a Spartan is the feeling of community he enjoys on campus. “It’s not just that I feel supported, but I feel like I am a part of something bigger than I am. I feel like I can make a difference,” he said.