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Faculty & Staff

Gail Hugo

“I love teaching first grade! The students are dynamic and eager learners! I admire the work of Fred Rogers and strive to demonstrate his principles in my classroom. I have found that demonstrating care, encouraging wonder, and ‘looking for the helpers’ have been key to helping these young learners flourish.”
Grade 1 Teacher
Community Service Coordinator, Lower School

A native of Latrobe, Gail Hugo taught in Pennsylvania and Virginia in grades K, 2, 3, and 5 before settling into her role as the first-grade teacher at Valley School of Ligonier. Throughout her 31-year tenure at Valley, her passion for first-grade learners has been evident in her delivery of a dynamic and ever-evolving curriculum. In addition to her first-grade responsibilities, Gail is Director of Community Service for Lower School, a position through which she helps children learn that they can positively impact their community both near and far. 

Gail is a passionate life-long learner who thrives on opportunities continue her education, bring innovative ideas into her classroom, and spearhead school-wide initiatives. She and colleague, Joanne Copeland, have been fortunate to attend several international brain conferences focused on executive functioning, responsibility-centered discipline (RCD), and character trait development. In fact, their research and learning pertaining to character trait development became the foundation for Valley School’s Valley’s Core Values curriculum. 

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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