This fall, Gilbert Still, the Dodge City Middle School’s assistant principal, will become the school’s principal following a promotion by the Dodge City USD 443 Board of Education.
“Dodge City Middle School has an amazing staff that goes above and beyond for their students and families, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to work alongside the Cardinal Nation staff,” Still said of his new role.
Still attended USD 443 schools himself, after which he attended Dodge City Community College for his Associate of Arts degree.
He then received his Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 2009, followed by a Master of Science in education in 2011, and a licensure in curriculum and instruction with an ESOL (English as a second language) emphasis — all from Newman University.
In December 2017, Still also earned his Building Leadership License from the university — the same year he was nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award — and is now enrolled in classes for a Specialist in Education Degree in education administration.
He taught fourth grade at Northwest Elementary in Dodge City for eight years before becoming the assistant principal/athletic director at Dodge City Middle School five years ago.
Still said he heard his calling to be a teacher during his senior year in high school when he participated in a teacher cadet class, visiting schools and volunteering in local classrooms.
“I find it vital that students who do not have a voice have someone who can be their voice, share their story and provide them with resources to be successful,” he said.
He also points to his first-grade teacher, Mrs. York, and his fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Cullens, as inspiration.
“They both showed interest in who I was as a person and built a meaningful relationship with me,” Still said. “I strive every day to make a positive difference in students’ lives by inspiring hope and empowering them to achieve their goals and dreams.”
Still shared his gratitude for Newman University for helping him get to where he is today as well.
“The Newman Outreach Program here in Dodge City, Kansas, allowed me to pursue my degree in education while staying in Dodge City and allowing me to help out my family,” he said.
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