Gabriel Scala has been an educator since 1998 when she accepted her first teaching position as an 8th grade English teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia.  After three years of teaching in secondary education, Gabriel went back to school to pursue graduate degrees in Creative Writing and English.  Since 2001, she has taught creative writing in both introductory and genre specific workshop formats, applied, technical and professional writing, and various levels of expository writing – from first-year to advanced composition. Gabriel has also taught a wide variety of literature courses – from sophomore surveys to a graduate level course in Modern poetry – and she has developed and taught special topics courses in creative nonfiction and publishing, among others.

Dr. Scala was awarded the Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year Award her first year teaching as well as successive Outstanding Performance Awards from the Hopewell City School District.  She also received the Lawrence “Shaky” Yates Award for Best Composition Instructor from the University of Mississippi and, most recently, the Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University.