Gailor Garner

Gailor Garner

Social Studies Teacher


BA in History
Davidson College, Davidson, NC


Following graduation in 1988, Gailor was commissioned as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He served a three year tour in Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment along the Inter-German Border and was present for the opening of that border with the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1990. He deployed to Kuwait for Operation Desert Storm with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

After leaving active duty in 1992, Gailor taught, coached, and worked in the dormitories at the MacCallie School for Boys in Chattanooga, TN, from 1992 to 2002. He taught American and World History at the high school level and coached 7th grade football and middle school, JV and Varsity levels of lacrosse. During this time McCallie won 3 state lacrosse championships in Tennessee.

From 1993 until 2006 Gailor served in the Tennessee Army National Guard with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He rose to the rank of Major and served as a platoon leader, Cavalry Troop XO and Commander, Squadron Signal Officer, Regimental Liaison Officer, Squadron Assistant Operations Officer, and Squadron Operations Officer. From 2004 to 2005 Gailor deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

From 2002 until 2005 Gailor taught and coached at the Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, VA. While there he taught American and World History and was the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach and assistant JV football coach.

From 2005 to 2006 Gailor was a Senior Military Instructor in the Army ROTC Department at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. 2006 to 2007 he taught Honors and AP US History at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, VA, and also coached JV football and lacrosse.

In 2007 he transferred to the Virginia Army National Guard and deployed back to Iraq with the 116th Infantry Brigade Headquarters to serve as the Deputy Director of Security for the International Zone in Baghdad through 2008.

From 2008 to 2009 Gailor was the Recruiting Officer for the Army ROTC Program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He returned to active service with the Army in 2009 to act as the rear detachment commander for a deployed unit from the Virginia Army National Guard prior to his third deployment to Iraq as Operations Officer for 2-183 Cavalry Squadron.

In 2011 Gailor worked at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, VA, until 2012.

From 2014 to 2016 he taught AP American History and Honors World History at the Goodhope Country Day School on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. During this time, he was also the Assistant Operations Officer (G3) for the Virgin Islands Army National Guard. Gailor retired from the Army in 2016 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 2016 Gailor accepted the position as Head Lacrosse coach at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs, GA, where he also taught AP and College Prep American History.

Since 2019 Gailor has taught 8th Grade US History, College Prep American History, and Honors American History at Admiral Farragut Academy.

Gailor’s son, Thomas, is an officer in the US Army and his daughter, Clara, is a college student in Virginia. He was married in 2010 to Tara and they live with their dog Henry in Gulfport.

Employed since 2019