Douglas is a retired superintendent of schools and professor of education who has worked with schools and organizations throughout the world. He has authored eleven books ranging from teacher training manuals to philosophical/spiritual works on the nature of the divine feminine. He was a Waldorf class teacher and administrator at the Detroit Waldorf School and taught courses at Mercy College, the University of Detroit, and Wayne State University for decades.
He then became the Headmaster of a Waldorf School in Hawaii and taught at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. He was a leader in the development of charter schools in Michigan and helped found the first Waldorf School in the Detroit Public School system and the first charter Waldorf School in Michigan. Later, he became the superintendent of a public school that annually educated five thousand adjudicated youth throughout a dozen facilities in Wayne County. Gabriel also helped found the second largest charter school management company in the country and created their entrepreneurial business curriculum for elementary and secondary education.
Gabriel received his first degree in Religious Formation at the same time as an Associate’s Degree in computer science in 1972. This odd mixture of technology and religion continued throughout his life. He was drafted into and served in the Army Security Agency (NSA) where he was a cryptologist and systems analyst in signal intelligence, earning him a degree in Signal Broadcasting. After military service, he entered the Catholic Church again as a Trappist monk and later as a Jesuit priest where he earned PhD’s in Philosophy and Comparative Religion, and a Doctor of Divinity.
As a Jesuit priest, he came to Detroit and earned a BA in Anthroposophical Studies and History and a MA in School Administration. Gabriel left the priesthood and became a Waldorf class teacher and administrator in Detroit and later in Hilo, Hawaii. Douglas has been a sought after lecturer and consultant to schools and businesses throughout the world and in 1982 he founded the Waldorf Educational Foundation that provides funding for the publication of educational books.
He has raised a great deal of money for Waldorf schools and institutions that continue to develop the teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner.
Douglas is now retired but continues to write a variety of books, including a novel and a science fiction thriller. He has four beautiful children who keep him busy and active, and a wife who is always striving towards the spirit through creating of an art of life.