Daniel ‘Denny’ Galt (Mr. G. to his students) spent his formative years living in several states as well as Spain and the Philippines while his father served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Galt says, “I don’t remember Spain too much, but I do remember the Philippines. We moved on average every three years.”
While his father was in the Air Force, Mr. Galt attended four elementary, three middle, and two high schools. He sang in the Glee Club, played the recorder, played on the JV soccer team, was an officer in a few clubs, was a writer and photographer on the yearbook staff, and bowled his first perfect 300 game at the age of 16.
After graduating Clarke Central High School, he attended Georgia Southern University for one year before transferring to Georgia College & State University. He graduated in 1999 with a bachelor in management and marketing. While at GC&SU, he was on the bowling team, joined the fencing club, and was a member of both the management and marketing teams.
A couple of years later Mr. Galt decided to go back to school to become a teacher. He attended Piedmont College and graduated in May of 2003 with a Master of Arts in Teaching in the field of Special Education.
He taught from 2003 to 2009. After teaching, he began substitute teaching.
He says, “Sometime in 2013, I don’t recall the exact month, I started writing. While on several substituting assignments, I would write with the students to show how it could be done. On December 9, 2013, I wrote my first seven paragraphs of The Best Substitute Ever: As Told by a Fifth Grader. The next thing I knew, just a few days later, I had 18 pages. I paused for family time during Christmas. During this break, I began writing a new a series of books, but that is another story.
‘Several months later, after completing my first draft, I set it aside for a while. I continued writing the other series of books until I felt ready to return to edit/rewrite with a fresh pair of eyes. I can’t remember how many times I edited/rewrote sections the book. When it came time for publishing, I decided it would be beneficial to have an editor at Telemachus Press, the company I published my book with, edit my book. Let me tell you, it was the right decision.”
Mr. Galt was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF) and is active with the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) and with the Neurofibromatosis Network. Both organizations raise funds for research. Please visit: www.ctf.org and http://www.nfnetwork.org/ for more about the genetic disorder. Mr. Galt says, “Even with this genetic disorder I have, I do my best to look at the brighter side of things.”
“Set your tidal wave of imagination free; nothing can stop it!” — Daniel Galt
His book is available on Amazon: The Best Substitute Ever: As Told by a Fifth Grader