This month we catch up with Andrew Gayle, who after returning to Guam, started a career in the IT industry which led him to a general management/C-suite level job at a telecom company.
What year did you graduate from St. John’s School?
1982, from the 9th grade
What did you do the year following High School graduation?
Attended Harvard College.
Can you tell us about the career path you chose after college?
I returned to Guam and started a career in the IT industry, providing value-added solutions and systems integration services to the business community. That initial experience led me to an IT executive position with a local telecom company. The experience I gained there led me to a general management/C-suite level job with my current company, a different telecom company in Guam.
Outside of work, what other activities/organizations are you involved in?
I am currently the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guam Solid Waste Authority. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Guam. I volunteer to moderate the annual MathCounts competition. I am an avid golfer and member of Nunu Golf Club.
What do you enjoy most about your current career position?
The telecom industry changes constantly. I really enjoy the challenge of leading a team of professionals to deliver vital telecommunications products to the island consumers and businesses. After more than 20 years in the industry, it is really gratifying to see your staff grow into leadership positions and contribute to the growth and success of the company.
How did you become interested in your field of study or work?
I always enjoyed and excelled at math and science. Computer Science was a natural fit for me initially which led me into the telecom industry.
How has attending St. John’s prepared you for success in college and in the workplace?
St. John’s was much more competitive and strenuous than my high school and that is what really helped me in college. The educational foundation and study habits instilled at St. John’s (through the ninth grade in those days) helped me deal with the workload of a computer science degree in college. We had 8 classes per day, 42 minutes each. The homework load taught you how to manage your time and be successful in a competitive environment.
Do you still keep in touch with your St. John’s School friends?
Well, I married someone who attended St Johns and when I go there today, I see people that went to school with me.
What experiences from St. John’s are the most memorable? Do you have a favorite teacher, mentor or counselor?
I very much enjoyed my ninth grade Speech and Drama class and the play we put on that year. The most memorable events for me were the annual Halloween Carnivals and end of year Field Day events. My favorite elementary school teacher was Mrs. Judith Look (who I actually had for both 4th and 5th grades) and my favorite upper school teacher Mr. Jenkins (before he became Dr. Jenkins, incidentally). I got a big laugh in his class when we had to dissect a praying mantis. I took the head of my praying mantis and put it in the stomach of Dominica Tolentino’s praying mantis, and then exclaimed “look, proof that they eat the males after mating!”
What would you say to a prospective family who is considering St. John’s School?
I would emphasize the preparation that your child will receive for the next level, emphasize the small class sizes, and highlight the quality of the teachers and curriculum.
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