In this series, we’ll introduce you to some of our own Gethsemane Christian Academy former students. And learn more about their plans for the future.


Meet Kalila…


When did you join the Gethsemane family? 

I attended pre-K through second grade.


What are your most memorable moments experiences? 

I must say if you know me, I’m a foodie. The most memorable and vivid memories are of lunch time and snack time.

I recall Mrs. Gadsden and Miss Booker Lane laying out the paper towels before giving us our snack. I remember smelling the milk and eating the goldfish. That was my favorite snack.


What are some things that you have learned at Gethsemane’s that has stuck with you?

Always be mindful of the fact that people will always remember how you treat or treated them. It just comes up a lot in life- in a good way or in a bad way.


Share with us your educational background and your goals for the future.

I went to Oakwood University and got a Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Associates of Science in Speech Language Pathology.

My goal is to go back to school to get my Masters in Speech Pathology so that I can become a Speech Pathologist.


What would you say to students and families considering attending your Alma mater?

I would say that Gethsemane is a place that focuses on holistic education. Not only will your children progress as far as academics, but they also have a chance to progress and develop their spiritual connection with God.

Also, Gethsemane is a place where your kids get to have smaller class sizes, so your kids will be able to get the attention that they need to develop. And you know that the teachers care.  


We are proud of all that Kalila has become. Kalila continues to serve other young members in her community as a youth leader and counselor. She is recently engaged and is looking forward to the future with her life partner. Thank you Kalila for letting your light shine wherever you go. And for being a part of the Gethsemane Alumni family.