Meridianville Middle School

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7th/8th Grade ELA Classroom

Welcome to Mr. Gilstrap’s ELA classroom!


My name is Raymond Gilstrap, and I am the 7th/8th grade team ELA teacher at Meridianville Middle School. This is my third year teaching. I spent the last two years teaching journalism; however, it feels good to return to teaching the content I love. I graduated from UAH in 2009 with a BA in English. I spent several years pursuing a writing and publishing career before returning to UAH in 2013 to complete my Master’s degree in English and certification in secondary education.


In addition to my teaching post, I am also the head track coach and one of the assistant football coaches. I come from a family of teachers as my wife teaches English at Decatur High School, my sister teaches math in Chicago, and my mother-in-law is a retired teacher. I enjoy discussing teaching ideas with all of them. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, going to the movies, and watching Auburn football. WAR EAGLE!