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Hi I'm Gabrielle

I am the VP of Education of the John Volken Academy, a former high school teacher, a wife, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am privileged to work full-time for the John Volken Foundation as the Vice President of education for the John Volken Academy, a long-term addiction recovery program for young men and women. The young adults in our program are the best of the best and are extremely courages for putting in the hard work it takes to rebuild their lives. I am also an educator. I formerly taught high school Japanese, Geography, Social Studies, and physical education. I learned Japanese as a teacher in Oyama Japan, on on my mission in Hiroshima. I also spent a year and a half teaching in China and volunteering in orphanages. I have a soft spot in my heart for orphan children. I remember one little girl in China in particular who would wait at the door as she saw me coming up the stairs. She sat with her nose up in the air waiting for me to touch her nose when I came through the door like we did at the end of the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes". As a teacher I also spent two summers in the Village of Tekera, Uganda helping with the development of the village school. In my spare time I love to hike, run, volunteer, and spend time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that there is a God in heaven who loves me and knows me by name. He knows my successes, my joys, my disappointments, my trials....and is always there to lift me up and all I have to do is pray. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ has established a church for me to participate in that guides me to live a righteous life while on this earth and then return to live with Him and my family for eternity after this life. I cannot imagine a life without my family and am so thankful to know that family bonds can last forever and not end with death. It is such a blessing to have a huge world-wide family in the church. I am a mormon because I know the heavens are still open today and that Christ continues to lead his church through revelation and through modern day prophets. I am a mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Doctrine and Covenants and as I have read them, I have felt in my mind and in my heart that they are true. I know that everyone can find out for themselves that they are true by reading them and praying to know if they are true. I love being a member of a church that is part of my daily life, not just on Sundays or on holidays. I love the programs for the children, the youth, and the adults. These are inspired programs that provide fun, opportunities for learning and service, a sense of community, and help us go about our lives doing good.

How I live my faith

I love that in our church we are given assignments to serve. They are not ones we choose, ones that are always convenient, or ones that we even think we are capable of doing at times, but if we rely on the Lord, He strengthens us and helps us be successful. At times it can be busy and overwhelming, but we learn and are strengthened. I am currently a seminary teacher, providing instruction to youth ages 14-17 5 mornings a week from 6:10am-7am. Imagine that, youth getting up early 5 mornings a week to study the scriptures and support each other! One of biggest priviledges of my life was serving a 1 1/2 year mission for the Church in Hiroshima Japan. Through daily service, I came to love the people of Japan and found the greatest joy in sharing my most precious possession, my faith in Jesus Christ. For me, living my faith is captured in the motto I recited every Sunday as a Young Woman in the words "...stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places." Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints influences every area of my life and I hope that because of the way I live my life others have the opportunity to come unto Christ.