Having taught second and fourth through sixth grade science, Joan A. Gillman currently teaches second, fourth and sixth grade science at the Browning School in New York since 2018. She began her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at the St. Angela Merici School in the Bronx, New York, in 1982, remaining in this role for one year before transferring to teach fourth and fifth grade at Joytown Kent Elementary School from 1983 to 1984. She then taught language arts and social studies at the Bade School in Englewood, New Jersey, from 1984 to 1986, fourth through sixth grade mathematics and science at the Professional Children’s School in New York from 1986 to 2006, and fourth and fifth grade science at Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia, New Jersey, from 2006 to 2007. Following this, Ms. Gillman was a fifth and sixth grade mathematics and science teacher at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey, for one year before joining the Calhoun School in New York as a fifth and sixth grade science teacher from 2008 to 2018.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Gillman pursued a formal education at Felician University in Rutherford, New Jersey, earning a Bachelor of Education, summa cum laude, in 1980. She then attended New York University, where she attained a Master of Education in 1982. Additionally, Ms. Gillman has been a certified elementary education educator for grades K-8 and the hearing impaired in grades K-12 in the State of New Jersey. Likewise, she became a National Geographic certified educator in 2019, which included a three part certification that she had to do, doing different lesson plans. She made a capstone video, which started in November 2018, and she received exemplary grades because she worked hard.
An ambassador for the Half-Earth Project of the American Museum of Natural History, as well as the NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission Program, since 2016, Ms. Gillman has taught at various conferences through the Pitsco Teachers Advisory Group (TAG), and been a subject area representative for the elementary section in New York City with the Science Teachers Association of New York State and SAR. A contributor of numerous articles to journals such as Science and Children and the Science Teachers Bulletin, including “Straw Rockets Are Out of This World,” she has also been a violinist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the August Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Gillman further maintains involvement with the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the National Science Teachers Association and Kappa Delta Pi.
In light of her accomplishments, Ms. Gillman was awarded the Young Teachers Incentive Award by Who’s Who in American Universities in 1980 and was named to the National Dean’s List. The recipient of the Urhy Thompson Award and the Teacher of the Year Award from the Calhoun School, she also received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. A Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional, Ms. Gillman was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
Moving forward, Ms. Gillman will be presenting the workshop “Mars Here We Come” at the Science Council of New York City Conference in March 2020 and the National Science Teaching Association in April 2020, the latter of which will be at the national level and held in Boston.