Episode 13 — A Christ-Centred Classroom

Gail Imoo (centre) with her family in Las Vegas. From left to right: Sean, Kayla, Gail, Clay, and Jacob Imoo.

Every September, students, parents and teachers alike find themselves getting ready to go back to school after a summer away. For Gail Imoo, she is one of those parents preparing her own kids, but she’s also preparing for a new class of students who she will teach for the year ahead.

Gail currently teaches grade 4 at St. Paul’s School in Richmond. With 20 years of teaching experience, she has also taught grades 2 and 7 (major sacramental years!) and also has experience in serving youth ministry. For Gail, teaching has always been a love of hers, but teaching at a Catholic school is incredibly special as it provides an opportunity to not only educate students but journey with them in holiness.

Take a listen to our conversation with Gail Imoo here:

“I see myself as an instrument of God - you know, for Him to speak his words through me.” — Gail Imoo

Meet Gail Imoo

Gail Imoo is married to husband Clay and together they have three children: Sean Isaiah, Jacob Isaac, and Kayla Marie. High-school sweethearts, they have been married since 2000 and they live in Richmond, BC and are parishioners of St. Paul Parish. She was born in Cebu, Philippines and raised in Manila before moving to Canada when she was 13 years old.

Gail has been an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Education at UBC after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts (major in Psychology, minor in Religious Studies) also at UBC. Gail started her career teaching grade seven at Immaculate Conception School in Delta. Then she moved to St. Paul School in Richmond, where she has taught both grade two and (currently) grade four. Thus, she has taught three Sacraments (First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation). Prior to teaching, Gail volunteered in the parish youth ministry at St. Paul’s for seven years. Gail loves to share her faith and she especially enjoys the opportunity to lead her students into a closer relationship with Jesus.

In her spare time, Gail enjoys cooking, shopping, and watching Netflix. She is also a firm believer in the Marie Kondo method of organization. Her family is very grateful.


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