Mrs. Jennifer Brooks joined the GGCA elementary school staff as a teacher’s aide in the first grade and then taught in the 4th grade for part of that year. She is now teaching 5th grade. She is the wife of Doug and the mother of three children, Spencer, Reece, and Caroline, all of whom are enrolled at GGCA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount St. Mary’s University and a law degree from the University of Maryland.
Ara Shismanian joined GGCA as the Assistant Principal in the fall of 2020 and brought a wealth of experience to our school having served in 61 schools during his career. Currently a Doctoral Candidate at Morgan State University, he holds several degrees: a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut, and Advanced Certificate from Loyola University of MD, a Bachelor of Arts from Springfield College and a degree from Maryland Bible College. He is Maryland Certified, and served 26 years in the Baltimore City Public school system. He was a teacher for 18 years, an Administrator for 8 years, a curriculum specialist, and mentor of teachers. He also taught at Springfield Christian School in MA for 5 years, and our very own GGCA for 2 years.
Ara was ordained as a Pastor at GGWO in June of 2023. He is married to Terry and they have three daughters, Beth, Danielle, and Tara, and one grandson, Preston, a student at GGCA.