ALI GAFFEY (C/O 07; TELECOMMUNICATION PRODUCTION)
From: Boca Raton, Florida
Ali Gaffey is the President-Elect of the New Orleans Gator Club, but prefers the less elusive title, Vice President. She currently works as a reading teacher and literacy coach at a public charter high school in New Orleans.
What did you love about going to UF?
I loved the school spirit and the endless opportunities available to students (some of which I would’ve taken more advantage of.)
What did you love about Gainesville?
I loved the sense of community. There are so many great, independent businesses in town. I also loved being in a true college town. It just made the whole experience that much better.
How did you end up in NOLA?
I joined teach for America and was placed in New Orleans. I had never been here, but I was ready to take a chance.
What neighborhood do you live in?
What do you like about New Orleans?
I love the spirit of the city. It is unlike any other place in our country.
How did you hear about the NOLA Gator Club?
I lived in NYC prior to moving here and was part of the club there. I sought out the NOLA club when I first moved here.
How long have you been involved?
This is my fourth year on the executive board.
Is it hard being a Gator in an LSU town?
I love it! We need some sports diversity here, anyway. I also have tons of Gator memorabilia in my classroom. Gotta get them while they’re young!
What makes you feel like a Gator, now that you’re out of school?
Continuing to stay involved in our local club and attending our events. I love meeting Gators in NOLA.