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Meet Zackaria Gaines - Upper School History & 10th Grade Dean

Zackaria joins the Shipley community to teach history and to take on the role as 10th Grade Dean. Zackaria holds a BA in Sociology and African American Studies and an MA in teaching Social Studies from the University of San Francisco.

He brings to Shipley a true global experience. He comes to us from the American International School in Mozambique. He has taught a variety of levels in the United States and abroad. In his recent role at AISM, he taught in an International Baccalaureate program and served as the Lead Advisor for the 7th grade.

As a teacher of Humanities one of the things that draws me here is Shipley’s Method of focusing on strong relationships between faculty and students ...
When asked about his choice to join the Shipley Community, he shared, “As a teacher of Humanities one of the things that draws me here is Shipley’s Method of focusing on strong relationships between faculty and students which provides fertile ground for intellectual risk-taking and original thinking in the classroom. I’m also looking forward to taking on the role of Grade Level Dean, which will provide me with the opportunity to advise and advocate for students outside of the classroom”.

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