New Faculty And Staff Join GPS

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
New faculty and staff at GPS.
New faculty and staff at GPS.

Along with the new sixth grade class and a number of students in the 7th through 11th grades, new faculty and staff are finding a home at GPS this year.  

Armed with undergraduate and master’s degrees from UTC, UNC, Chapel Hill; UTK, Sewanee, and Harvard, among others, the novice and experienced teachers’ interests range from contra dancing to ichthyology. One teaches English as a second language to Japanese adults; another survived the F4 tornado that struck the Chattanooga area in 2011; one has taken Master Gardener classes, and one knows how to make balloon animals. Although those accomplishments and talents may not be on display in the classroom, their teaching skills will be, officials said. 

New faculty and staff, and their subjects or areas of responsibility, include Will Glass and Margaret Granbery, librarians; Callie Burns, Upper School science; Caroline Carlin, assistant to College Counseling; Kay Hubbuch, French; Amy Piper, Middle School Global Cultures; Julie Prescott, Gifts and Data manager; Kipton Tugman, Middle School science; Chris Twombley, network administrator; Karen Richards, Design and Discovery; and Kelli Fulton, assistant to the Athletic Director. They are pictured with Interim Head of School Sue Groesbeck. 

Not pictured, but joining GPS as golf coaches, are Rob Riddle, Jr. and Christopher Jackson.

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