As part of our ongoing series Meet Our GDS Faculty and Staff, we are excited to present: Meet Guyton Mathews! Read the Q&A below to learn more about Guyton, Program Associate in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Why you teach/do your job:
Equity and inclusion work has been central to my existence since I attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in high school. Throughout my matriculation of college, I continued to explore my passion of equity and inclusion, which solidified the road to where I am now. If I can create a place where our community members can feel accepted and loved while being their authentic selves, then I am doing my job. There is always work to do AND I am proud of the work our school is doing now.
What you love about GDS:
There are so many things I love about GDS, but I can honestly say the best part of this institution is the students. Their curiosity to learn, challenge, and grow with each other is something I missed during our year of virtual school, and it is so refreshing to be around that daily once again.
Other GDS activities or roles we may not know about?
HS Advisor; 6th Grade Seminar teacher
A favorite lesson to teach or favorite part of your job:
My interaction with the students has always been my favorite part of the job. From the informal conversations we have in the DEI Office to hearing their thought provoking questions during assemblies, I am always impressed by what they have to say. My favorite event that our office hosts every year—the Social Justice Teach-In Days—is always a highlight of the year and a great time to see our students, faculty, and parents in action. The workshops are always dynamic and bring a different perspective to the community.
Your teaching or work style in three words:
Interactive, Energetic, Flexible
A top hope/wish for your students and/or colleagues:
Live out loud; Don't let anyone dim your shine.
Volleyball, football, cooking (take a look at this fun Shrimp and Grits cooking video!), traveling and hanging with my dog, Riley.
Favorite Book - Fledgling by Octavia Butler; Favorite Thing to Cook/Eat - Mac & Cheese
Family and/or pets
I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix named Riley who turned six this past September! I love to take her running with me and cuddle up on the couch with her to watch movies.
One thing about yourself your students/colleagues/others probably don't know:
I became a spin instructor over the summer! I love music and working out, so it's been a great time.
One thing on your life "bucket list" you've already accomplished:
Being on a Game Show (Slimetime)
One thing on your life “bucket list” you have yet to accomplish:
Years at GDS?
Two years down and onward into the third!
With a tip from Guyton, we reached out to hear what a colleague had to say:
Middle School counselor (and former DEI Office teammate) Campbell Keyser said, “Guyton is the best person to work with when you're looking for a healthy dose of inclusivity, professionalism, and fun. He is uniquely able to meet people where they are and engage with positivity and authenticity. Outside of GDS, he's an instagram-worthy home cook, incredible dog dad, and knower of all song lyrics.”