Spencer Gayles
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

Spencer Gayles is the epitome of a well-rounded student. He excels in the academic arena with an all Honors and AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.63 GPA. He received full scholarships to LSU and Springhill College and received the Spirit of Auburn Foundation Scholarship. He has chosen to attend LSU where he will march in the Tiger Marching Band.

Spencer is also dedicated to serving the community and living his Catholic faith. He is an active member of the Servants of the Poor, Pro-Life Club and Campus Ministry. He volunteers much of his time to community service. He was recently awarded the Development Office “Jacket Jubilation Meritorious Award” for his countless hours of service which are often done behind-the-scenes for no other reward or recognition other than helping and serving others. He is also a Student Ambassador and is a favorite on the McT Road Shows at his alma mater, St. Ignatius. He is the perfect student to speak on the topic of extracurricular involvement since he is involved in so much at McT!

But the thing Spencer is most passionate about is his music. He plays the violin, the guitar, and saxophone. He is a member of the McT Marching Band, Jazz Band and Symphoic Band. He attributes his self-motivation and persistence to his being a self-taught musician. “Regardless of whether it is learning an instrument or climbing the corporate ladder, it is ultimately up to one’s self to decide whether or not success is plausible.” Spencer feels he learned the importance of teamwork and self –discipline through being a part of the McT marching band. He says, “You have to have a lot of trust in your teammates when you have eighty band members walking backwards and anticipating being in the correct spot at the correct time”. He is also a member of the Chamber Singers, utilizing his musical talents in even another medium.

Spencer is a student who can “do it all and do it well”. His dedication to academics, service to others and his music will take him far in life.

English Faculty

Peggy Pritchett
English Department Chair
Bio: 12 years at McGill-Toolen; 39 years in education
Education:B.A., Spring Hill College
Courses: Honors and College Prep Lit/Comp
Extra assignments: Senior Moderator

Mary Emilie AcklenMary Emilie Acklen
4 years at McGill Toolen; 29 years in education
Education: B.A., Rhodes College, M.A.T. University of Memphis, MA Univ of Memphis, AA Gifted Ed. University of South Alabama
Courses: AP English Lit and Comp., College Prep World Literature, College Prep British Literature.
Extra assignments: Scholars Bowl and Hi Q Competitions

Kim Baer
Bio: 7 years at McGill-Toolen; 20 years in education
B.S., University of Connecticut
Senior CP and Junior AP English
Extra Assignments:
NHS Advisor


Roy BurnsRoy Burns
45 years at McGill-Toolen; 45 years in education
Education:B.S., Spring Hill College
Courses: Honors and College Prep World Literature
Extra assignments:Bookstore Manager

Mary Carter
2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 19 years in Education
Education: B.S., University of Georgia
Courses: College Prep Lit/Comp, Sophomore Pre-AP English
Extra assignments: National Honor Society


Nancy Fontenot
Bio:10 years at McGill-Toolen, 10 Years in Education
Education: B.A., Louisiana State University; M.A., Yale University
Courses: Honors American Lit, College Prep British Lit
Extra Assignments:

Wendy Johnson
Bio: 1st year at McGill-Toolen; 4 years in Education
Creighton University - B.S.B.A International Business; Trevecca Nazarene University - M.A. Teaching
Courses: College Prep Lit/Comp and College Prep World Literature
Extra Assignments:

Camille Johnston
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 2 years in education
B.A. University of Alabama; M.Ed. University of South Alabama
Courses: Honors British Literature, Public Speaking, College Prep British Literature
Extra Assignments: JV Cheerleading Coach

Lance Lawley
4 years at McGill-Toolen; 11 years in education
B.A., Troy University; M.Ed, Mississippi College
College Prep Lit/Comp 9 /10th
Extra Assignments:
Asst. Football Coach

Judy MaddoxJudy Maddox
Bio: 27 years at McGill-Toolen; 37 years in education
Education:B.A.,English and Journalism Samford University, M.A., English University of South Alabama
Courses: Sophomore and Fresman English II
Extra assignments: After School Absence Make-Up, and Detention

Christen TeagueChristen Teague
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen, 2nd year in education
Education: B.A., Auburn University
Courses:College Prep American Literature
Extra Assignments:Varsity Cheerleading Coach

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