That's right! Run a brush though your hair. Iron your clothes, or maybe shake them out an extra time or three. Practice your smile! Our fall picture day is September 19. If you didn't receive a picture order form, and you want one, we have them at school!

A Little Bit About Me

Hello! I'm Gayle Chin. Fun fact, I am HIGHLY allergic to cilantro. I carry epinephrine injectors in case of accidental exposure.

I was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey, but got to Texas as soon as I could.

I worked at Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, The Devereux Foundation, Greater Trenton Area Charter School, and in South Korea before moving to Texas for graduate school in 2009. I fell in love with the area and began growing new roots in this Texas soil!

My family, 16 members strong, pose for a photo at a portrait studio.

Moving to Texas meant leaving behind my seven nieces and nephews, and my Godson. I was fortunate enough that after not having seen them for 4 years, I was able to see them the summer of 2016 AND the summer of 2017! They are such goofballs! To the left is my family looking clean and civilized in 2016. To the right is the a picture of us dirty and more natural at a beach in Rhode Island in 2017.

Eleven members of my family pose wet, sandy, and messy on a beach in Rhode Island.

Serving others is part of who I am. I am an active board member for the Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) and although this is only my first year with Leander ISD, I am a monetary supporter of the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF). Volunteers who believe in their school systems actively support their community schools by donating time and soliciting funds or items that the education foundations need. Both PEF and LEEF give teachers grants for innovative ideas that neither the districts nor the state fund. Additionally, both organizations recognize exceptional teachers, support post secondary education, and allow school to go above and beyond. I highly encourage you to support our education foundations.

I am excited to be teaching math and science with the amazing team at Florence Styles Middle School! Hopefully, your children will come home every day excited by at least one thing they learned.

If you need to contact me, please, feel free to call before or after school or email me at

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