Phone: 636.671.3470 ext. 14218
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Special Education from University of Missouri in St. Louis M.S in Special Education from University of Missouri in Columbia Certifications in Middle School Science and ELA Certification in K-12 Special Education Certification in 1-6 Elementary Education
Mrs. Gabrielle Long
For the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching in the Northwest R1 school district. What a beautiful place to live. Jefferson County is not only has a tight community, but it offers such a scenic landscape of hills and valleys. Although I am not from Jefferson County, I feel a connection to the community due to my time spent at Valley Middle School. I grew up in North County off of Natural Bridge Road, and I now live in West County with my husband of over 20 years, two sons (16 and 18), and a plethera of pets. My elementary and high school education were spent in private catholic schools which provided me with a rigorous education and a strong work ethic. I bring this mentality to my students and colleagues everyday. Although I appreciate the financial sacrifice that my parents made to send me to private schools, I have often been jealous of the opportunities that students receive in the public schools. I wanted very mch to play in an orchestra or marching band, be on a dance team, or take an industrial technology class. These activities and classes were not open to me because the schools that I went to just did not offer them. This makes the education that your student receives rich and diverse. It also provides for them the chance to explore their passion which will serve them well as they make decisions for college or trade schools.
After I graduated from high school, I decided to stay home and commute to school. I was mortally afraid of financial debt, so I chose to work full tme while going to school full time. I chose the University of Missouri in St. Louis because of the diverse range of classes as well as its proximity to my home. I graduated from UMSL with a B.S. in Special Education. This degree is close to my heart as I believe that learning differences do not equal being less intelligent or less capable. I have always been fascinated by the way people approach their environment, and how the brain works. I was sure that my degree only gave me a limited set of tools, so I went back to Mizzou for my M.S. in Special Education. So, I am a science teacher! I spent the first 4 years at Valley Middle School as a special educator. Although I loved my position, I never felt like I was as hands on in the classroom as I could be. An opportunity arose to enter the general education arena as a science teacher, and I took it. I have been able to utilize my knowledge of the brain, all learning styles and abilities to build a hands-on and minds-on science classroom where many students find themselves to be rockstars. In order to be able to teach science, I had to earn the proper certification. I am currently certified in the following areas: K-12 Special Education (mild/moderate), 1-6 Elementary education, 6-9 ELA, and 6-9 General Science.
I always look forward to having deeply involved parents, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am easier to reach by e-mail, but usually follow-up with a phone call because so much communication is lost without hearing another human beings voice!
Regular Bell Schedule: 9:15 - 10:08
Late Start Bell Schedule: 10:00 - 10:40
I typically return calls during plan time and at the end of the day between 2:30-3:00PM