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Gregg McGaha
English Teacher
About Me: I grew up in Andrews, North Carolina. I graduated from Andrews High School in 2003. Following high school, I attended Western Carolina University and majored in English education. Once I completed my undergraduate degree I accepted a teaching position with Bering Strait School District. During this time I taught in the remote village of Gambell Alaska. Gambell is located on St. Lawrence island. The temperatures on the island regularly reach minus twenty five. It's not difficult to understand why I decided to return after only one year. Once I came back to the lower forty-eight I began work with Jasper County Schools, based out of Ridgeland South Carolina. While in South Carolina I married my best friend, Keri and we decided to come back home to Western North Carolina. Finally, in 2010 we both began working for Cherokee Central Schools. Coming to work for Cherokee was an unlikely fit given that I had grown up in Andrews. However, the Cherokee people have been beyond welcoming and we are deeply grateful to be working with them. In 2012 my wife and I welcomed our identical twin girls, Olivia and Madison. I wanted to name them Lynard and Skynard but was unfortunately was vetoed. I believe teaching is an essential role in helping form and maintain society. I also believe that every student can learn but ultimately each individual is responsible for his or her education. Work ethic and intrinsic motivation are imperative for success.