Hiro Shimizu '87, who was an international boarding student during his time at Rabun Gap, shares about his life at Rabun Gap and beyond.
"Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School meant so much to me and gave me a lot. I personally learned US culture and the American lifestyle at the school. I accordingly made successful employment with US-based corporations such as Microsoft and Adobe, top leading software companies in the world."
"I like watching the excitement in kids. I love teaching them and seeing how happy active learning makes them. I love when kids come back years after teaching them and they tell you how much they loved you and the good memories they have with you. I love when parents reach out and tell you that you were the difference their child needed and that you fighting for them was life changing. Being a part of others lives, helping families, and building relationships is the best part of being an elementary teacher."
"I teach AP Literature to seniors here. In each section of this class, there are at least five countries represented by my students. There are students from near and far in the United States. Among all of them, there is a wide span of political beliefs and personal ideologies. Despite that, we are able to delve into highly sensitive topics regarding race, gender, violence, colonialism, patriotism, and more. This is a community that empowers teachers to ask difficult questions to classrooms of students who are learning to answer them."
"The community makes Rabun Gap special; I always had a sense of family and community even though I was thousands of miles away from home. From the faculty to the students, to the families that opened up their hearts and homes, my entire experience at Rabun Gap felt like home."
"Being so far from what you have called home for so long is definitely not easy. However, boarding at Rabun Gap is definitely worth all the challenges that the process of boarding brings with it. Those obstacles not only helped me explore parts of myself that I was never aware of, but also helped me bond with the people I call my second family now."
“Rabun Gap is special. Through the years this school has attracted a number of people who seem called to do what they are doing here.This is a beautiful place, filled with good people who share that calling to teach whether that teaching be in the classroom, the fields and courts, the dorms -- any of the places where we get the chance to touch lives and try to help them be better. I like being a part of that team.”
"Rabun Gap is an oasis in a traumatic world. The school gives students a chance to learn and explore in an environment of beauty and serenity. It instilled the kind of Christian values that continue to guide my life."
"I love the energy the students bring and their excitement and desire to learn. I am able to share knowledge with them and expose them to new or different ideas, be there to support them in their life celebrations and even in challenging times...and vice versa. Learning takes place in all shapes, forms, and sizes - everywhere and anywhere!"
"My favorite thing about the Lower School is how nice, caring, happy, and patient the teachers are. I like that the teachers challenge me to think and learn, but make it fun and interesting at the same time."
"All around me at Rabun Gap I see great friendships developing and I see students constantly trying to help one another. I also love the fact that there is a strong feeling of trust on campus and that students can leave their backpacks in any location and they feel confident that it will be exactly as they left it when they return."
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12, located in Rabun Gap, GA. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we combine our strong academic program, mountain setting, and Presbyterian heritage to inspire young people who are eager to learn and grow.
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School does not discriminate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, creed, or national origin.