Get to Know Gaynor McAnally, Art Teacher

If you have toured DeSales in the last few years, you may remember Gaynor McAnally’s art room filled with art of many different mediums and cultures. It is a creative outlet for many DeSales students. Filled with art from various mediums, it is a creative outlet for many DeSales students. 

Mrs. McAnally joined DeSales in 2002 after teaching for nine year sat an all-boys grammar school in England and for five years at St. Denis. She enjoys working with students as they develop and realize their creative potential and, often, their unexpected ability!

Fun Facts

Personal Motto: It’s not a “purr-fect” world but we all have opportunities to “PURR.”

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? 

I enjoy working with the boys to see their ideas and skills come to fruition with bold visual statements...super artwork!

What do you think has been the most positive change/impact since your time at DeSales and why?

Allowing for ALL students to experience some art from freshman year.

What do you see DeSales doing in the future to make an impact with students and/or the community?

Continue and develop further, students’ desire to produce work to show skills and ideas. Allow for various media and materials to enhance students’ art and design experiences - 3D etc.

Why should alumni and friends support DeSales? 

To afford future students chances to excel!

What have you learned from the students?

 Anyone can do well when facilitated with love and encouragement.

What is your proudest moment at DeSales?

When students show they love/are proud of their work! It happens all the time!

What is your motto or personal mantra?

It’s not a “purr-fect” world but we all have opportunities to “PURR.”

What is your biggest achievement to date - personal or professional? 

Teacher of the Year (2013), Gallopalooza horse (2009)

What is your hidden talent? 

Equestrian and cat-whisperer.

If you could switch roles with anyone at DeSales, who would it be and why?

I would like to be a part-time drama teacher.

What would others be surprised to find out about you? 

I am a vegetarian.

How do you spend your summer breaks? 

Travel - in the US and abroad (England, Australia)

If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them?

An English castle and Whitby, England

How do you think the students will remember you and your class? What do you want your legacy to be? 

Willing to help all and be proud of them!

What were you like as a student? 

I was quiet and studious.

How do you show school spirit? 

I support Desales everywhere I go!