Ghazal (Gigi) Havoutis is a Middle and Upper School Science and Innovation teacher at Grandview Preparatory School. Ms. Havoutis also helps coordinate Grandview Science Fairs for grades 6-12 and facilitates Science Lab electives.
She loves to teach Science with a passion, and is determined to inspire curiosity in every student she teaches. Ms. Havoutis' fascination with Science began when she was a kid. She would wonder things like - how cuts heal, how personality is shaped, and how seeds have the power to grow enormous trees.
She first began studying Biology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During her undergrad years, Havoutis participated in a medical trip to El Salvador, where she provided medical services for children in underdeveloped communities. She also served on a laboratory team for the Rutgers Cancer Institute. Double majoring in Biology and Psychology, she received her BA in 2011.
When she moved to Florida, Ms. Havoutis decided to continue her passion for learning biology. She attended Nova Southeastern University while pursuing her teaching career at Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science. During her graduate studies, she completed her capstone, "Analysis of Diagnostic, Preventive, and Disease-Modifying Therapeutic Measures of Alzheimer’s Disease." She graduated with her MS in Biological Sciences in 2018.
Ms. Havoutis loves to teach her students through hands-on labs/projects and field trips! She enjoys living in warm, sunny Florida, with her husband, daughter, and dog.