Phone: 252-444-5106


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Education (1994) Major: Administration and Supervision, Virginia Commonwealth University Bachelor of Arts (1982) Major: Liberal Arts, California University of Pennsylvania CERTIFICATION Public Schools of North Carolina, Standard Professional 1, Endorsements: School Administrator: Principal, Psychology, Social Studies: Sociology 9­-12, Learning Disabled K­12 Virginia Post-Graduate Professional Teaching License Endorsements: Administration/Supervision (Pre K – 12), Sociology, Psychology, Specific Learning Disabilities (Pre K – 12) Instructional Coaching certificate (2/17/2016) (Jim Knight program) EMT Certification (2015)

Mr. Gahagen

I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh PA area. Because of that, I am a huge STEELER fan. I attended California University of Pennsylvania and eventually moved to central Virginia and began teaching at the high school level. During my teaching career, I went back to school (Virginia Commonwealth University) and earned my Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision. My teaching career has spanned 37 years going on 38. I cannot think of a more satisfying job than working with children and seeing them learn and progress throughout the school year(s).

Some other interesting information is that my co-teacher and I were part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative (through the VDOE) 2014-16, and had the Official Co-Teaching Demonstration site for Region 3 in Virginia. I was also a Presenter at the Content Teaching Academy:  Augmenting Science and Special Educator Teams at James Madison University (Summer 2015).

I also volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader (Assistant Cub Scout Leader for 5 years and Scout Master for 10 years).

My wife (who also teaches at HES) and I enjoy traveling and visiting our 3 grandkids. We also enjoy the water (boating, kayaking, and just being out on the beach).