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Gabrielle Smith '17


St. Michael's Catholic High School

Gabrielle Smith ’17 was recently hired to teach Spanish and theology at St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama. She graduated with two degrees from Spring Hill College, one in theology, the other in Hispanic studies, and was honored as the top student in both majors. Asked about how Spring Hill College prepared her for her new roles, Gabrielle said:

“My four years at Spring Hill were all about making roots. Much like the incredible above ground root systems of the trees that line the golf course of the college’s Dauphin Street entrance, my education has taught me that the roots of the tree are the most essential part: providing nutrients, sturdy support, and a humble anchor for the beautiful fruit and foliage that the tree will eventually bear. Spring Hill taught me to dig deep, to find Christ hidden within all things good, true, and beautiful, and to bear fruit for the world in the name of God! As I transition from student to teacher, I am filled with profound gratitude for the professors, advisors, and members of the Society of Jesus who helped me to plant deep roots both academically and spiritually. My position at St. Michael teaching Spanish and Theology has been an unforeseen gift and blessing to me, and I am thrilled to see the fruits of my time at Spring Hill come to life in the classroom. AMDG, and please pray for my students and me!”

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