Ms. Gigante the new teacher

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Ms. Gigante the new teacher

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There is a new teacher at GBMS, and her name is Ms. Gigante. She teaches 7th grade Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and 8th grade Digital Information Technology (DIT). There was an opening when the previous teacher, Ms. Strickland, had to leave due to her husband’s transfer. Ms. Gigante came to GBMS from Holley Navarre Middle School.

However, before that, she was living in Wisconsin. She moved all the way from there to Gulf Breeze on the advice of one of our teachers, Ms. Gillis, who told her how nice Florida was and suggested that she should come and work here. Ms. Gigante was already a teacher in Wisconsin, but was tired of the cold winters. She didn’t bring any family with her when she moved here, just brought her and her dog. In Wisconsin, she taught other teachers how to use technology the proper way. So, when she moved here she was excited to be able to teach kids the same subject she was teaching adults back in Wisconsin. She started one yr. teaching Kindergarten, then she looped( which is when you stay with one class as they moved on) and stayed with that same class all the way till 2nd. She taught 3rd for four years, and 6th for one year. After that she was a math specialist and trained teachers for five year.

Ms. Gigante does a lot of activities in her free time such as reading and going to the beach with her family. She even helps send kids to school all the way in Haiti. She started a sponsorship program because school there is not free and a lot of people don’t have the money to send them. They don’t have running water, electricity, or jobs. After 4 years they have 100 kids in the program. the program is called Building Hope in Haiti. She travels there for a week in January and a month in July. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite sport to watch is college football. She roots for her home team, the Wisconsin Badgers. Her favorite player that played for the Badgers was Melvin Gordon, who now is the running back for the San Diego Chargers. She loved to hang out with friends and family back in Wisconsin.

Ms. Gigante states, “I am getting a new age of students, but before that I taught Kindergarten.”

Londen Taylor, 8th grade, said, “She is pretty nice.”

Charlie Ostrom, 8th grade, agrees. He said, “She [is] cool because she is a lot more chill than all the others.”

 

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