New Principal Profile Q&A: Paul Gillihan, Wheeler High School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Wheeler school community?
Answer: “Having been in CCSD for 13 years, I have seen first-hand the amazing things that Wheeler has accomplished in regards to their STEM and STEAM initiatives. This would not have been possible without the support of the Wheeler community. What I have witnessed reminds me of where I grew up in Northern Arkansas where the entire community surrounded and supported the school. I see this at Wheeler and can’t wait to jump in as the newest community member.”

Question: What does student success look like for you?
Answer: “As a parent of four boys, each with their own learning abilities and struggles, I know that success means different things for each individual. Student success can be when a student excels academically, or it can also be when a student triumphs athletically or socially. Each student must be taught the skills needed to pursue their dreams and goals. As educators, it is our responsibility to guide them in the discovery and honing of these skills so that upon graduation they can continue to grow and prosper no matter where their path leads.”

Question: What do you like most about being an educator/principal? Is there a memory as an educator that you treasure the most?
Answer: “Now that some of my former students are teachers and parents, it makes me so proud to see what they are accomplishing and how they have transformed into such amazing citizens. Just this past year one of my students who was on my softball team was named Teacher of the Year in her Cobb County School.  Being able to speak with her and her parents at the Teacher of the Year festivities has to be one of my most memorable educator moments.”

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members find you?
Answer: “With three sons who are still in school in Cobb and each with different interests, I can generally be found at one of their events be that school related or with their church youth group. On a rare occasion when there is not a pressing parental duty, I enjoy being outside and love to travel and visit historical places – history teacher coming out in me.”