Gregory Thomas Anderson

Title: secondary school educator, researcher, historian
Location: Redondo Beach, California, United States

Gregory Thomas Anderson, secondary school educator, researcher, and historian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music and education.

Mr. Anderson’s interest in both subjects came from his mother, a piano teacher, who introduced him to the piano at the age of three. As he grew, he developed an interest in guitar and vocal performance, and after completing an Associate of Arts in foreign language and music at Cypress Community College, Mr. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Music from California State University in 1988. Before beginning his career in education, Mr. Anderson spent two years as the Assistant Regional Manager of Recruiting for the United States Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census based in San Pedro, departing in 1990.

Between 1991 and 2000, Mr. Anderson taught for the Redondo Beach Unified School District, and in 1999, he earned his Secondary Professional Clear Teaching Credential for the state of California. Mr. Anderson spent the next 15 years with the Torrance Unified School District, including earning an additional certification in cross-cultural language and academic development in 2005. He retired from teaching in 2015, and remains active in numerous historical societies and research collectives. Mr. Anderson is a former member of the California Council of History Education and the National Council on History Education and is involved with the New England Genealogical Library, the Organization of American Historians, and the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial, among many other groups.

Mr. Anderson is the editor of the 1812 Overtures and Golden State Patriot newsletters, and the author of the “Index to the Mayors of Redondo Beach, California,” 1991. He has held state-level leadership roles in the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Sons of the Revolution, and the Society of the War of 1812, and was presented with a Medal of Distinction by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 2005. Mr. Anderson’s passion for music led him to perform for the Emmy Awards and at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and allowed him to work with composer John Williams, an opportunity that he considers to be a career highlight.


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