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School hires department head

Jennifer Gaye

May 15, 2014
University Liggett School has named Jennifer Gaye chairwoman of the English department.

Gaye will join Liggett this fall from Naples, Fla., where she served as an Upper School English teacher at Community School of Naples. She previously held English teaching positions at Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, Ga.; Washington High School in Atlanta; Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.; and North Atlanta High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. She also spent a year abroad teaching English in Zaragoza, Spain.

A Georgia native, Gaye earned a master's degree in English education and bachelor's degree in English literature, both from Georgia State University.

Her academic interests include women in literature as well as depictions of family and the American Dream. As chairwoman, she will teach three classes in the Upper School, including electives in these areas.

"I am interested in the notion of the American Dream and its challenges, premises and perils," she said. "These themes will be a major part of the electives I will teach in the coming year."

Assistant Head of the Upper School, Peter Gaines, said Gaye brings to Liggett a wealth of independent school experience as well as a global perspective from her time teaching abroad.

"She is eager to foster connections across divisions and to help move forward our Curriculum for Understanding," he said. "Jennifer brings wisdom, a collaborative approach and a deep knowledge of her discipline to the students with whom she will work."

Gaye said she was drawn to Liggett and the Detroit area because of all of the opportunity at Liggett and in nearby Detroit.

"Detroit is in a fantastic transitional phase," she said. "There certainly are problems in the city, but there also are a lot of opportunities. I look forward to teaching my English classes in the context of Detroit."

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