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.

Foreign Language Faculty

Amelia H. Perry
Foreign Language Department Chair
Bio: 44 years at McGill-Toolen; 44 years in education, Master Teacher
Education: B.A., University of South Alabama, M.A., University of South Alabama,
Courses: Spanish I, Spanish II
Extra Assignments: Spanish Club and Spanish National Honor Society Moderator

Virginia Hodges
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 30 years in education
Education: B.S. University of Alabama, Secondary Education - Spanish
Courses: Spanish II, Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish III, AP Spanish IV
Extra Assignments: Co-Moderator of Scholars' Bowl and Hi-Q

Lucy Holmes
Bio: 14 years at McGill-Toolen; 22 years in education
Education: B.A., Auburn University
Coursework at Universite de Paris-Sorbonne
Universidad de Salamance, Espana
M.A.T. - University of Southern Mississippi Courses: Spanish I, French I,French II, Honors French II, Honors French III
Extra Assignments: Moderator French Club, French National Honor Society Moderator


T.J. Singleton
Bio: 9 years at McGill-Toolen; 12 years in education
Education: M.A. and Ph. D Philosophy, University of Oklahoma; MTS Theology, Spring Hill College
Courses: Latin I, II, and III
Extra assignments: Co-Moderator of Photography Club; Moderator Middel School Baseball, Administrative Asst. Girls Basketball, Moderator Latin National Honor Society

Clarita Stone
Bio: 14 years at McGill-Toolen; 25 years in education
Education: B.A., Spelman College, 1966; Georgia State Universtity
Courses: Spanish I
Extra assignments: African-American Club Moderator


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