How many years have you been a student tour guide?
What is your favorite thing about GFS and why?
My favorite thing about GFS is the students' freedom and the encouragement for them to pursue what they are interested in and passionate about. At GFS, students aren't limited to just the core subjects and traditional classes, they can learn about anything. One friend of mine took a Global Online Academy course on bioethics because she is passionate about dairy science and farming. I personally have participated in a Directed Independent Study in which I help out in a math class at a local elementary school once a week. There are so many different ways to learn and GFS encourages and supports students to pursue all different interests.
What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?
Leader of Big Sibs, Leader of Cooking Club, Choir/Chorus, JV Tennis, Environmental Action Club, Community Action Club, Theater
What has been your favorite GFS experience? What made it so special?
One of my favorite experiences I've had at GFS has been being a Big Sib in a second grade classroom in the GFS Lower School. I really enjoy helping out in the class and getting to know the kids. Whether I'm helping them with math, writing, or just playing tag with them on the playground, spending that time with them has been really meaningful for me. It has become something to look forward to in my week. Being a Big Sib and connecting with Lower School students is such a significant part of my school experience and I'm very glad to have the opportunity to do so.
Parents often ask: "What makes GFS unique?" How would you answer that question?
One of the things that makes GFS so unique to me is the relationship between the students and teachers. Consistent with our Quaker values, students at GFS call their teachers by their first names. This creates a relationship based on mutual respect and collaboration. Teachers at GFS are excited not only to teach but to learn from their students. Therefore, classes are often discussion-based and students are always encouraged to share different points of views. These relationships also extend beyond the classroom. My teachers at GFS genuinely want to know about me and how I'm doing, which is not something you find at every school. Whenever I see my seventh grade homeroom teacher around campus he still gives me a high five and asks me how I'm doing every time. The relationship I have with my teachers is one of the aspects of GFS that I most cherish and appreciate.