Meet Daniel Gribble and be inspired! Daniel has a big heart and loves sharing his excitement for history, music, methodology, and doing the right thing. He has been teaching IB and AP classes at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs for over 20 years and has been a role model shaping the hearts and minds of students to be better people. To Daniel, being a teacher is a calling and our community is so lucky he answered that call. Here a person who decided at the age of 15 he wanted to be a history teacher and followed his path to minister to people’s needs specifically in the area of public school education.
What inspired you or led to your current career?
My dad lived in Atlanta when he was young and went to Luckie Street Elementary. I was born in Oregon but actually raised in the Philippines where I went to school. My father was a math teacher and there is a picture of 4-year-old me in a tie standing on his desk “teaching”. By 10th grade, I decided to plan my future and knew teaching is what I wanted to do.
What do you love about Sandy Springs?
The people – their willingness and desire to embrace each other. I love the generous hearts they display and their ability to give of themselves for others with humility.
Choosing anyone alive who would you like to have lunch with?
The Pope – I have a Master’s Degree in Theology so I would love to talk with him. I would also like to have lunch with any of my grown-up students maybe from 10+ years in the past to find out how their life turned out so far.
What is on your bucket list?
I would like to learn to play the Mando-Cello – I do have some traditional instruments and I play the Mandolin.
What is your favorite music or band?
I have a record player in my classroom and you can ask my students I am always encouraging them to listen to music. My favorite would probably be Classical with Jazz and Bluegrass thrown in.
What advice would you give to people?
Define success for yourself – it is not just about making money but more about personal fulfillment. Do the hard work necessary to achieve your goals and don’t get offended so easily – take a breath. You aren’t entitled to a 40-hour workweek – work really, really hard and do what it takes.
What makes you happy?
My family, my wife of 18 years, and my 2 children. They are the light of my life. Also, when I go to bed at night exhausted and know that I have done the best that I could do that day.
What words come to mind when you think of the word home?
The people who are in my life – my wife and children but also my brothers and sisters who live here now.
Food and the memories associated with good food
Quiet space – being able to walk away from the noise