Communications and Journalism Pathways
Communications and Journalism Pathway Teachers
Nalin Needham obtainined a B.A. in English from Oberlin College (2005), a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2010) and a M.A.T. in Secondary English from Emory University (2012).
My philosophy of education is best described as an example of the Frierian model of education. Specifically, I believe that students and teachers need to occupy simultaneously (and equitably) the (falsely described) “dichotomic” positions of teacher and learner, of educator and pupil in order that true and humane learning occur. This “resolution” of “the teacher-student contradiction,” as Friere in Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2006) notes, is a “quest for mutual humanization” that must be “imbued with a profound trust in people and their creative power” and that, at its core, requires that students and teachers be viewed, and view themselves, as “partners” with each other. All of this is to say that I believe that if schools are to produce responsible, self-regulated and mature (both intellectually and emotionally) students, teachers must provide these students with room to participate, direct and impact their education, classroom and surrounding environment. Mr. Needham sponsors The Unmasking, Grady's literary magazine, within the Print Journalism Pathway.Mr. Needham is available for tutorial every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Christal Presley has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English Education, both from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). She obtained her PhD in education in 2009. She has been with Atlanta Public Schools for 8 years—first as an instructional mentor teacher, then as an instructional coach, and now as an English teacher and yearbook advisor at Grady High School.
Christal is an award-winning author whose first book, Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD, has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, NPR, and more. Christal is the recipient of the Silver Medal Award from the Military Writers’ Society of America, was a nominee for Georgia Author of the Year in 2012, and was an entrant for the Pulitzer Prize in the Autobiography/Biography category that same year. She is also the founder of United Children of Veterans, an organization that provides resources about PTSD to veterans’ children.
In her spare time, you can find Christal playing with her dogs and Snoop Hoggy Hogg—her pot-bellied pig, tending to her chickens, or gardening.