Gail Freiwald, 2013
- Administrative Specialist, Instructional Resources
- DSC employee since 1994
Career/Professional honors: CEA Secretary 1999-2002; CEA President 2002 – 2004; CEA President 2013 – to be continued; nominated for Career Employee of the Year for FACC in 2004; honorable mention in FACC essay writing contest.
Outside interests: Cooking new recipes or creating my own, baking, reading, word games and the water surrounding us.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I lived in New Jersey until moving to Florida in 1994. Ironically, I was a moving/storage coordinator for a moving company when the decision was made to relocate, so I coordinated my own move at a greatly reduced price.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am taking the plunge, again, to be the navigator for the largest and most important constituency group on campus - the Career Employees Association.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Not very many people remember, but myself, my manager at the time, and two very innovative faculty started the first online college class using the PBS email platform ‘First Class’ on what would now be antiquated computers with dial up connections. I am still in the distance learning area of the college. It has been such a pleasure and a reward to be a part of the technology growth and innovation of DSC.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To make it to retirement.
In life? To someday live in closer proximity to one or both of my children.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Never turn your back on the ocean. This could be interpreted in many different ways and in many facets of life; however, this advice literally saved the life of one of my son’s friends.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I have a daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law living in Singapore, thus the proximity statement above.
Last book read:The Dome by Steven King
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Jack of all trades, master of none.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: My father who died when I was 12, Carl Hiaasen for his sick sense of humor, Martin Luther King for his wisdom and vision, and Mother Theresa for her peace.
The "Daytona State of Mind" to me is a warm, inviting place to work, learn, teach and retire.