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G. Gale Dickau

G. Gale Dickau (CT '93)

Teacher

Bristol Central High School
Bristol, CT

At the time of the Award, G. Gale Dickau was:

Teacher
Bristol Central High School
Bristol, CT

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Gale Dickau, an English and creative writing teacher at Bristol Central High School in Bristol, decided about ten years ago to revive the creative writing workshop she had taught a number of years before. In its first year the class drew twelve students, most of whom were 'A' track students. Today Mrs. Dickau teaches five sections with twenty students in each. In 1987 Mrs. Dickau founded Signatures, a creative arts magazine that showcases the work of "students from every ability group" along with the work of faculty members, thereby "reflecting the work of a school wide community of writers." Mrs. Dickau financed the early issues of Signatures herself until the school board came around to seeing the virtues and necessity of her project. Disappointed in her own search for a suitable textbook about student writers at work, she dreams of one day producing such a book in collaboration with her students. For Mrs. Dickau, it goes without saying, the dream that is truly worth having is one that includes her students.



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