When we conducted the surveys for reunion, “What is your educational attainment?” was one of the questions that was asked. 25.6% of those responding to this absolutely unscientific survey answered that they had received a doctorate. Well, soon it may be time to up the count!
After graduating from Punahou, Gail headed for Indianapolis where she enrolled in Indiana University and received her bachelors and masters degrees. Afterwards, she stayed on in the Hoosier State, became a teacher and, after 22 years, started working at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The school serves 179 students from preschool through high school. Currently, she serves as the state-run institution’s Elementary School Principal.
Today, Gail is working towards earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as a Superintendent’s License. She hopes to be finished long before our 40th reunion!
“Having worked now at the School for the Blind for eight years, I see the need for teachers of the visually impaired so I hope to start a program for undergraduates at Indiana University,” says Gail. When asked why she chose to focus her career in this area of special need, she adds, “I’ve always worked in this field. When I started working in my current position, I learned about an aspect of Special Education about which I did not know before. I was so amazed at what the kids accomplished that I had to learn more.”
Gail lives in Indianapolis with her two dogs and a cat. Her son, Michael, attends Columbia College in Chicago. If you’d like to contact her please write to email@example.com.