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Educator of the Quarter: Gregory Gabriel
July 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Educator of the Quarter
Gregory Gabriel, Eastway Middle
It’s not entirely uncommon for Gregory Gabriel to show up at the home of one of his students at Eastway Middle School, just to let the parents know their son or daughter is doing great work in class. And if that sounds like a lot of effort just to offer some encouragement, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in Gabriel’s classroom.
Gabriel has served as a master teacher at Eastway since August 2010. During his tenure, he’s become one of the top seventh grade math teachers in the district. His students consistently exceed state growth projections, often growing two or more years in a single year under his tutelage.
What makes Gabriel exceptional, however, is not just his ability to positively impact student academics, but it is his strong belief that all children can and will learn.
Stepping into Gabriel’s classroom is an experience that makes far reaching impact in the lives of his students. They are immediately surrounded by a strongly positive message about themselves and what they can achieve. Gabriel’s constant words of encouragement are blasted from the moment a student walks into his class until they leave. He serves as a cheerleader, celebrating every accomplishment, no matter how big or small. At the end of each quarter, students are greeted with a celebration of their achievements with balloons at the door and certificates of accomplishments.
As one student said, “I didn’t think I was good at much until I had Mr. Gabriel as my teacher. He made me believe I was smart. He made me believe in myself.”
This is echoed by the hundreds of lives he has impacted over his career.
Gabriel’s impact reaches far beyond the walls of his classroom, too. Almost every weekend is spent tutoring a student, taking them to a ball game, filling out college applications or simply in making sure his students know he is there for them through the highs and lows.
As part of his commitment and strong belief in his students, Gabriel founded Gen-One at Eastway. This program supports many first-generation students in accessing college and opportunities they may not have access to otherwise. Through Gen-One, participants have access to mentoring, high school course counseling, scholarship searches and experiences from going to see “Phantom of the Opera” to experiencing fine dining so they can be scholarship ready by their senior year. Through his dedication and support, Mr. Gabriel has supported numerous students in seeking and receiving full scholarships to colleges including UNC-Chapel Hill and Queens University.
Gabriel is just one of many great teachers at Eastway Middle School. To learn more about Gen-One, you can access the website at http://www.genonecharlotte.org or learn more about Eastway by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.