Joan Ava Gillman Celebrated for Excellence in the Field of Elementary Education

Joan Ava Gillman was recognized with the Urhy/Thompson Award on behalf of the Calhoun School in 2017

TEANECK, NJ, May 09, 2023 — Joan Ava Gillman is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Inspired by her passion for helping children reach their full potential, Ms. Gillman earned a Bachelor of Arts in education, summa cum laude, from Felician College (now Felician University) in 1980. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts in education from the New York University School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions (SEHNAP) now called the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development before beginning her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at St. Angela Merici School in the Bronx. During the early 1980s, Ms. Gillman served in this capacity at Joytown Kent Elementary School in the Bronx, where she additionally worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher.

Between 1984 and 1986, Ms. Gillman found further success as a language arts and social studies sixth grade teacher at the Bede School in Englewood, New Jersey. Throughout the following 20 years, she thrived as a fourth and fifth grade teacher as well as a mathematics and science teacher for sixth grade students at New York City’s Professional Children’s School. In 2006, Ms. Gillman accepted a position at Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia, New Jersey, where she worked as a fourth and fifth grade science teacher before her recruitment as a mathematics and science teacher for fifth and sixth grade students at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey between 2007 and 2008.

Between 2008 and 2018, Ms. Gillman prospered as a science teacher for fifth and sixth grade students at the Calhoun School in New York City. She currently excels as a science teacher for second, fourth and sixth grade students at the Browning School. In 2019, Ms. Gillman broadened her expertise by becoming a certified educator on behalf of the National Geographic Society. Likewise, she subsequently completed a mentorship program through the Modern Classroom Project.

Alongside her responsibilities as an educator, Ms. Gillman has contributed articles to numerous professional journals and publications including Science and Children, which is published through the National Science Teaching Association. A prolific researcher, one of her written works was notably featured in a 2016 book titled “Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom.” Ms. Gillman has also shared her research at national conferences for various professional organizations including the Science Council of New York City, the National Science Teaching Association and the Science Teachers Association of New York State, which appointed her as a subject area representative for its elementary section for New York City in 2016. She had previously been recruited as an ambassador for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, which was part of NASA’s Mars programs for teachers.

In 2017, the Calhoun School selected Ms. Gillman with the Urhy/Thompson Award, which honors faculty members who exemplify the spirit of one celebrated faculty member of the aforementioned school. She has also been selected for Cornell University’s East Asian International Studies program Grant for a curriculum she developed in 2011 titled “The Great Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.” An active affiliate of the Science Educators for Equity, Diversity in Social Justice Society, Ms. Gillman attributes a great deal of her success to her continuous expansion of her professional skill set as well as her perpetual desire to stay up to date with the latest developments in her field. Outside of her career as an educator, she has garnered additional recognition as a violinist with multiple renowned orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the August Symphony Orchestra.

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