GALA Newsletter - December 2016
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Employment Opportunities
GALA is seeking highly-motivated professionals dedicated to innovative and life changing education for students in the city of Cleveland for the 2017-2018 school year. GALA is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 
  • K-2 Spanish Immersion Teachers
  • K-2 Mandarin Immersion Teachers
  • K-2 English Language Arts Teachers
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Intervention Specialist
To apply, and for more information, visit: 
January Open House
Students and families interested in enrolling are invited to attend an upcoming open house on Thursday, January 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  or Saturday, January 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn more about attending the 2017 - 2018 school year, tour the school, and meet members of GALA.  *Open enrollment begins January 4, 2017
Please register to attend at:

2016 International Holiday Festival
GALA celebrated the holidays by hosting our first 2016 International Holiday Festival open to the community - over 100 people attended!  Attendees enjoyed dinner, dessert, fun games and crafts, a raffle of prizes, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and performances by GALA students that danced and sang holiday songs in Mandarin, Spanish and English!  See photos from the great event.

Staff Faces Around GALA
GALA is excited to introduce Wendy Grugle, our K-1 English Teacher!  

Join us in congratulating Wendy for becoming a 2017 - 2018 BRIGHT Fellow with BRIGHT New Leaders For Ohio Schools! GALA's Founding Director, Meran Rogers, also served as a BRIGHT Fellow in the 2016 - 2017 Inaugural Cohort.  

Why are you excited about teaching at GALA?
I am excited to join the GALA as an English teacher because I get to continue teaching and working with kids.  I am also excited to be part of bringing an International Baccalaureate (IB) immersion program to the students of Cleveland and surrounding areas.  

Tell us about yourself
Teaching is a career change for me.  After college I pursued a legal career and spent many years practicing law in Denver, CO.  Although I enjoyed my time as an attorney, I decided to pursue teaching a few years ago after returning home to northeastern Ohio.  I have been teaching in Cleveland for the past few years in both CMSD and in another charter schools.  I am excited for the opportunity to be at GALA. 

What do you like to do when you are not working?
I love spending time with my family.  I have three girls (my daughter Katie is in kindergarten at GALA) who keep me very busy with activities and other events.  I love to travel during my school breaks and enjoy spending time with friends and family whenever I can.  

Share your favorite quote/proverb. 
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”  - John Wesley

Interested in GALA?
Learn more about GALA, tour the school, and meet members of GALA's staff! To make an appointment, call (216) 315-7942 or email

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