Andy GillAugust 22, 2016
IB Program Coordinator
HL IB Biology
Soccer Coach & Climbing Coach
BSc with honors in Zoology, Bristol University
MRes with Distinction in Biological Research Methods, University of Exeter
Andy was born and raised in the north of England where he developed a love of the natural world and the great outdoors. He studied at the universities of Bristol and Exeter in the southwest of England, climbing on the rocks and exploring the seaside.
He first came to the U.S. to work at a summer camp in Maine, heading the outdoor program, canoeing in the rivers, and hiking in the mountains and made his home in the U.S. in 2000. He came to teaching by filling a substitute position at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, and knew instantly he’d found his career. After a couple of years at the school – and of hectic big city living – Andy and his wife Jen decided it was time to see some of the world and set off for 15 months on the road. Their trip took in Mediterranean sailing, sunsets at the pyramids, mechanical failure in Ethiopia, rhino spotting in the Ngorongoro crater, and tramping in New Zealand among other things. Andy had intended to move to Northern Arizona when the time was right and he found VVS the day after touching down on the mainland in 2003.
If there’s one thing he’s more passionate about than traveling and rock climbing it’s teaching science, and in his many years teaching science at Verde Valley School he has found great joy in sharing his passion for understanding the natural world, drawing out scientific curiosity, and helping students realize the thrill of discovery.
Andy is married to Jenifer, who has also worked at VVS for many years and in many capacities, and they live on the campus with their two children, Juniper and Finley.