"Going to GFS was the best decision we ever made. It prepared us for college and beyond, and now we want to offer the same experience to our students," said Jamil Pines '15.
After attending Elizabethtown College and playing on their Varsity Basketball team, twin brothers Jamil and Jalil Pines are excited to be back on campus, serving as assistant teachers and coaches. Jamil is an assistant in the 4th grade for Tim Jones' class, and Jalil supports all 6th grade teachers.
While at GFS, both brothers played basketball and ran cross country, and emphasized their love of being together, "We bring out the best in each other, as people and athletes," said Jalil.
Jamil cites his classes, teachers, teammates, opportunities, and the school's emphasis on diversity and unique approach to education through inquiry as reasons why his time at GFS was so memorable "GFS makes you think outside of the box. If you are wrong, you ask yourself why and you consider other perspectives. I think critically because of my time at GFS."
His mentors, though, were his most influential forces. The same goes for his brother.
"Coach Shawn Werdt was monumental in helping us both on the right path, and seeing that we have the potential to make an impact," said Jalil.
Jamil and Jalil have great pride in being GFS alumni and keep in touch with many within the community. "The deep, lasting connections and network remains as a strong force that keeps us engaged," said Jalil. To build an even stronger network, particularly for students and alumni of color, Jamil and Jalil are volunteering with the school's Alumni of Color initiative.
When asked about the future, Jalil explained, "Life isn't a straight line, but it always leads back to education. This is an important field and I am excited to be a part of it."
Both brothers are huge optimists or "glass half full type of people," said Jamil. "Through coaching, mentoring, and teaching, if I can change someone's life and contributed to making the world a better place, then I consider that successful."