Dr. Autumn Gabriel (Dr. G.) was born in Brooklyn, New York but was raised in New Orleans. She prides herself in her New Orleans roots by displaying in her classroom New Orleans artifacts such as pictures of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Champions, the French Quarter, the famous Streetcar, and Mardi Gras beads. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she graduated from the historic St. Mary’s Academy all girls Catholic High School. Upon graduation, she attended Xavier University of Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and master's degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics Education. Dr. Gabriel would later return to her high school alma mater to begin her teaching career.
Dr. Gabriel’s educational career spans over 21 years, where she has taught in many diverse school systems, including single gender schools, suburban, urban, charter, and Title 1 school systems. She has also taught hybrid and online courses. Along the way, she obtained her Educational Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University. Dr. G. later obtained her Doctorate in Education from University of Phoenix in Leadership, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. One of her biggest accomplishments has been publishing her first book, TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING STRATEGIES IN MATHEMATICS: EXPLORING THE PERCEPTIONS OF URBAN MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHERS WHEN TEACHING AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES (URBAN EDUCATION SERIES).
She loves the quote from the movie Bruce Almighty: “Want to see a miracle, then be the miracle.” Dr. G. thinks this is so fitting as an educator. Everyday she has an opportunity to be the miracle many of her students need.