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The Reginald S. Tickner Writing Center

Gilman is among the fortunate few high schools in the United States to offer writing center resources to its students. Since 1993, the Reginald S. Tickner Writing Center has served our community by conducting one-on-one essay consultations, coordinating the A.J. Downs Writers at Work Series and other literary events, and hosting a writer-in-residence. Our mission centers around helping students compose their very best essays for history, English, and religion courses, while also work-shopping short stories, poetry, and college application essays.

The Writing Center consists of one permanent English faculty member in addition to the Tickner Writing Fellow and roughly 40 extensively trained student Writing Consultants. These talented students offer their time and expertise toward the improvement of their peers' writing. 




Reginald S. Tickner did it all at Gilman and did it well. The positions he held cover an unusually wide range of activities in teaching, administration, and coaching. Tickner's 41-year teaching career at Gilman included service in all three divisions of the School:

  • English teacher and football and wrestling coach in the Upper School 1951-1960;
  • Head of the Lower School 1961-1970;
  • Head of the Middle School 1971-1980; and
  • Assistant Headmaster in the Upper School from 1982 until his retirement in 1992.

Tickner's active participation in the fields of literature, writing, and sports inspired thousands of Gilman students to push hard in their chosen fields.




Kelsey Carper

Kelsey Carper

Upper School English Teacher, Director of the Tickner Writing Center
Arnisha Royston

Arnisha Royston

Tickner Writing Fellow