Celeste Gay

Celeste Gay

Grade 4 Teacher
M. Ed., Teaching, University of South Carolina
B.S., Elementary Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
Middle School Mathematics Certification
Lower School

Celeste Gay teaches Grade 4 and joined Carolina Day in 2022. Celeste was born and raised in Slidell, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Eric, since 2008, and together, they have two children, Tové and Brynn. They all live together in Asheville, NC with two cats, Oreo and Mellow.

Celeste has always known that she was destined to be in education. She began teaching in January 2009 as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher. At the end of the 2009 school year, she decided to return to school and get her master’s degree in teaching. While working on her master’s degree, Celeste became a research assistant for the University of South Carolina Science & Mathematics Teacher Initiative. Through this experience, she became published in the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. After completing her master’s degree in 2014, she began teaching 6th grade Mathematics in Blythewood, South Carolina, where she taught for two years. After the birth of her first child, her family moved here to Asheville, where she began teaching 6th grade math at A.C. Reynolds Middle School. This is Celeste’s first year at Carolina Day School, and she is looking forward to what this journey has in store.

Get To Know Celeste Gay:

How would you describe your classroom?

“I would describe my classroom as a safe space, where a student can feel comfortable to be creative, try new new things, and never fear failure.”

What is your favorite quote(s) about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein

What personal passion brings balance to your life?

“Dance and travel are two of my personal passions that bring balance to my life. Anyone who knows me, knows I am (1) always dancing, sometimes even when there is no music, and (2) always up to go on an adventure.”