In honor of Teachers Appreciation Week, we are departing from the typical format of this column during May to honor many of the educators who have gone through the Galt school system and returned to teach the next generation of Galtonians. This is our last edition to this series.
By all accounts, Galt has always been a family town and many students have the chance to attend the same high school as their own parents. This was the case for current Galt High School Assistant Principal Alan Posey, who followed in family footprints at school and in his career; Posey’s grandfather taught in Galt High School’s Ag Department in the 1950s, his father graduated from GHS in 1968, and his sister graduated two years before him in 1993.
Posey graduated from GHS in 1995 and attended UC Davis, where he graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s in managerial economics.
“After college, I had several jobs for a short time, from being a stock broker to working at a cold storage facility for produce,” Posey said.
But he didn’t find his calling until he returned to Galt High School as a substitute teacher in 2001. What was meant to be a holdover until he could make his next career move, instead, turned out to be that career move.
“Within a month, the principal, Larry Tosta, asked if I could take over for a math teacher that they had to let go for the last couple of months of the school year,” Posey said. “Then I was told that, if I entered a teaching credential program, I could keep the position. So, I began teaching fulltime at GHS in the fall of 2002.”
Posey earned his single subject teaching credential and taught math at GHS until 2010, when he accepted a new position as vice principal at Oak View School in Acampo.
“The superintendent and school board at Oak View took a chance on me, and I think it worked out well for all of us,” he said.
Posey remained in that position for six years until there was an opening for an assistant principal at Galt High School. He has now been in his current role for three years, overseeing athletics, Ag, PE, Math, HEALS and state testing.
“High school students are fun to work with,” he said of his choice to work with teens. “They are at a point in their life where most of them need direction and motivation to move on to adulthood. They are a constant source of humor and hope at the same time.”
Looking back at his years as a student at GHS, Posey fondly remembers the time he spent in FFA and being on the football and wrestling teams. Even so, he believes that today’s students have even more opportunities available to them.
“GHS was a great place in 1995, and it is even better today. The teachers, staff and students really make the school seem like a family; it is a great place to come to work every day,” he said. “In addition, there are more opportunities for students at GHS now than when I was a student.”
Among these, he cites the school’s four Career Technical Education (CTE) paths: HEALS, BEST Academy, Ag Academy and VAPA.
Posey and his wife Teresa met while he was attending UC Davis and have lived in Elk Grove for the past 17 years. They have two children, Aubrey and Gavin.