Dr. Gilman's employment at R-MC began in 1983 and she has served as director of our elementary education teacher preparation program since 1990. Her previous work experience includes fourteen years of elementary classroom teaching experience in grades kindergarten, first, third, sixth, and seventh. She was selected as Hanover County Public Schools' first "Teacher of the Year". Currently, she teaches Foundations of Education, which is a study of the history, philosophy, and sociology of American education. In this course, the influences of socio-economic, multicultural, racial, gender, and governmental issues in education are addressed as they impact education. Personal areas of interest are gender equity, individual learning styles, multiple intelligences, academic integrity, communication between cooperating and student teachers, and parent involvement in education. She has published articles and made professional presentations on some of these topics.
Other teaching responsibilities include instruction and curriculum development and team teaching a capstone course on current issues in education. She designed and implemented the first study abroad course in the Education Department. She also supervises student teachers and advises the R-MC Student Education Association. Under her leadership the SEA consistently is recognized at the state level for outstanding achievement and accomplishments.