Academics Science Instructor
Academics Science Instructor
Academics Social Studies Faculty
Jamelle Gestwicki, a native of Canandaigua, New York, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government from Daemen College and her Masters in Education from Canisius College. Ms. Gestwicki successfully completed the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification in 2010. She holds a New York State Permanent Teaching Certificate and a South Carolina Professional Certificate Masters Plus 30. She has South Carolina teaching endorsements in Advanced Placement Human Geography, US History, European History, and World History and has served as a teaching assistant for the AP US History Institute at Clemson. Ms. Gestwicki taught in the Greenville County Schools at Mauldin High School for 14 years before coming to the Governor’s School in 2007. She was the Mauldin High School Teacher of the Year in 1985-1986 and a Who’s Who among America's Teachers in 2006. Ms. Gestwicki is a member of the National Council for Social Studies and is a Teaching Consultant for the South Carolina Geographic Alliance. Ms. Gestwicki currently serves as sponsor of the International Relations Club, Senior Class Advisor, and member of the Graduation Committee.
“The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a remarkable initiative that challenges our students to pursue bold and brilliant dreams. For students who accept these challenges, many doors will open in the future and personal growth will flourish.”
Academics Social Studies Faculty
Rusty Godfrey has taught social studies since 1992. A native of Greenville, Mr. Godfrey attended Furman University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1991. In 1998, he earned a Masters in Education degree from Clemson University. He joined the faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in 2002 after a decade at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville. He successfully completed the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification process in the fall of 2004 and was re-certified in 2014. Mr. Godfrey is also a licensed local pastor of the United Methodist Church since 2015, and he is working on the required course of study at Duke Divinity School.
Mr. Godfrey currently teaches Honors U.S. History, A.P. United States History, and the Holocaust Seminar. Among his many hobbies are jazz recordings (especially Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong), model trains, lighthouses, and family history. He and his wife live in Greenville and have two sons.
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops" -Henry Brooks Adams
"Jazz is played from the heart. You can ever live by it. Always love it" -Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
“History is about trying to interpret the past so that it can hopefully illumine our situation today and serve as a guide for our collective future.” -Mr. Godfrey
Academics French and German Faculty
Marion Grier has been an instructor of world languages, with certification in French/German/ESOL, for over 25 years. Originally from Detroit, she spent one year studying in Clermont-Ferrand, France as part of the BA foreign study program at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI. She later completed an MBA at Clemson University while working in the accounting, marketing, and language lab departments of the Michelin Tire Corporation. She has conducted several student exchange programs in Germany and has been selected to participate in a wide variety of language seminars and programs:
2018 - Selected by AATG as a Chaperone for its Summer Study Program, Kiel, Germany.
2015 – Bundesministerium für Frauen, Summer Seminar Erzähl Mir Was (Digital Storytelling in German), Vienna, Austria.
2014 – National Endowment of the Humanities, Summer Seminar, “France’s Legacy - WWI and WWII”, Paris and Caen, France.
2011 – US Department of State, “Teacher Excellence & Achievement Program,” Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
2007 – AATG Award; “Immersion Methodologies,” Summer Seminar, Concordia Language Villages, MN.
2004 – Koscuisko Foundation; English Immersion Summer Camp, July, Limanova, Poland.
2003 – AATG Award; Goethe Institute, Summer Seminar, Kunst & Kultur (Art & Culture) Berlin, Germany.
Academics Humanities Instructor
Uchechi Kalu is a multi-disciplinary artist with deep interests and experience in education, business, and foreign languages. She was first introduced to the Governor's School in 8th Grade when she attended the Discovery Program for Voice. Uchechi returned to the Voice Program the following summer, and then attended the residential high school in Creative Writing. Uchechi then graduated from Princeton University, majoring in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic. Her studies carried her all over the Middle East, most notably, Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. At Princeton, Uchechi performed with the Princeton Jazz Ensemble and with modern and Shakespearean theater groups.
After university, Uchechi moved to Beijing, China (and briefly to London), where she lived for 4 years and worked in education, PR, and Marketing for various Chinese- and American-owned companies. She was active in Beijing's literary and music scenes as a writer and performer. Uchechi also co-founded an arts collective that facilitated cross-cultural arts exchange among Chinese nationals and Beijing expats.
Upon returning to the U.S., Uchechi started Outlier Admissions, a small business that helps applicants apply to their top colleges and graduate schools. In 2019, she was named a "South Carolina Woman in Business".
Uchechi feels so honored and grateful to join the Governor's School faculty and work at an institution that made her believe the world was hers for the taking. She hopes to share this confidence with her students, and help them see the vast and colorful experience ahead of them.
Academics Spanish Faculty
Charles graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. After graduation, he worked for the Lancaster County Council for the Arts (LCCA) coordinating their Arts in Education initiative. He also curated two local galleries and designed, wrote, and produced all publicity materials for the LCCA.
Charles earned his M.Div.BL from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2000, Charles and his family moved to San Jose, Costa Rica, to study at the Instituto de Lengua Española (ILE). After completing the year of study at ILE, Charles and his family moved to Puebla, México, where they lived and worked for five years.
Upon returning from Latin America, Charles taught Spanish at Dorman High School and Palmetto High School. He joined the Governor's School faculty in the fall of 2016 and serves as the sponsor for the National Spanish Honor Society, which conducted its first induction ceremony in October of 2016.
Charles has performed professionally with the Columbia City Ballet and Gaston Ballet Theatre. He also toured regionally with the Patchwork Players and appeared in several local and national commercials.
In addition to his teaching duties, Charles currently serves as a Chaplain with the rank of Major in the South Carolina National Guard, and participates in local theater productions.
Academics English Faculty
Academics Math Faculty
Mrs. Seidel was born in New Rochelle, New York, and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is a licensed teacher in the State of South Carolina in Secondary Mathematics and Economics, obtained the MSED from Indiana University, The Citadel, MAT Program, and the BA from Limestone College. She has taught for the Greenville School District most recently: 17 years at Mauldin High School, Limestone College, and Greenville Technical College. For five years Ms. Seidel coached girls' golf. She is a Multiple Year Honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award (2004), National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers (2007), Mathematics Grader for the National Board Exam, and Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education (2007-2008). She and Bill have two children and a rescue dog named Ollie.
“Governor’s School students are so creative in their thinking, and I have found that they want to be here to grow even more. It is wonderful to show how mathematics is used in the arts and music areas.”
Academics English Faculty
Mark Sibley-Jones taught at USC-Columbia for fifteen years before coming to the Governor's School. From 2002 to 2006 he taught English Literature at the South Carolina Honors College and advised students across a number of academic disciplines. He is thrilled to be teaching juniors in English III, English IV, and AP English Literature at the Governor's School.
Academics Science Faculty