One of Ridley’s great teachers retires after 25 years

By Lae’Jannette Morrell ’17


R is where the home is for AP English teacher, Mrs. Gawbill. She has taught at Ridley High School for twenty-five years.

Mrs. Gawbill will always be apart of Ridley and she will retire having fulfilled her legacy she created here. Although Mrs. Gawbill is grateful of her job; she will be retiring to golf, travel, and volunteer at the food bank in Prospect Park. She will be able to spend more time with her family.  Her husband works for the police department, and her two children live and work in the area.

“My favorite part about teaching is meeting new students and getting to know them better over the course of the year,” said Mrs. Gawbill.

As an English teacher she has left a great mark in teaching students at Ridley.

“I have learned that English is very important for my future and writing skills are essential for my career. Mrs. Gawbill does her job well because most students leave her classroom as better writers ,and how important it is to focus in class and be a great student,” said former student, Danielle Paoletti. Many other students remember her encouragement with trying their best in their writing and informing them on how the importance of college.

In 2001 Mrs. Gawbill was selected by a former principal, Dr. Whiby as English Department Chair. Mrs. Gawbill became an English teacher out of her love for literature.

Although Mrs. Gawbill is retiring, she enjoyed teaching AP English because those who take the class are smart and actually love the course.

Mrs. Gawbill said that she will miss the students and all her coworkers that she sees every day. Many of her former students and faculty members will greatly miss this wonderful teacher who will forever be a Ridley Raider.




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